Dan Epstein at Rolling Stone Magazine recently cornered several American musicians to discuss the nation’s favourite pastime, baseball. This week, he asked: “What’s the most memorable brawl you’ve ever seen – on the field or in the stands?” ALICE COOPER and ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian are two of the artists featured in the article. An excerpt is available below:
Alice Cooper: “I took my son Dash to see the Tigers play the Indians when he was seven years old, his first game. Cecil Fielder hit a grand slam home run early on, and when he came up to bat again he was hit by a pitch, intentionally if I remember correctly. Both benches emptied, and I looked at Dash and said, ‘Well, you just got to see a grand slam and a bench clearing brawl. Let’s go get a hot dog.’ The Tigers won 7-0. The irony there is that the first game MY dad ever took me to was Detroit against Cleveland, where Detroit won 7-0. Synchronicity?”
Scott Ian: “My dad took my brother Jason and me to the 1977 World Series. We went to games one and six at Yankee Stadium, and had great seats just about 25-30 rows behind the dugout. The tickets were only $10!! I can’t imagine what they’d cost now. Game six was the game where Reggie Jackson hit three home runs and the Yankees won their first championship since 1962. When the game ended and the fans rushed the field (as they used to do back in those days) my brother and I headed for the railing just off of third base. We were about to jump on the field when we saw a guy trying to pull third base out of the ground; he was immediately surrounded by nightstick wielding cops who proceeded to pummel him into baseball oblivion. I was 13 and my brother was 10. The innocent kid versions of ourselves looked at each other and silently made the decision to not run on the field. Too bad I didn’t remember that when I got busted in Tampa back in 1997.”
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