Bronson Arroyo pitched in the major leagues for 17 years, winning a World Series title in 2004 with the Boston Red Sox. Obviously, baseball has always been a big part of his life. And so has music. Arroyo, who grew up in the greater Tampa area is also a guitar player, singer, and songwriter. He released his first album, Covering The Bases, in 2005. It features covers of Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam – who is listed here as one of Arroyo’s favorite Tampa concert experiences.
Just like taking the mound, Arroyo has also taken to a few stages. He’s rocked with Pearl Jam and he’s jammed with Eddie Vedder at the singer’s solo concerts. He’s also performed regularly at benefit concerts such as Boston’s Hot Stove Cool Music. In fact, Arroyo’s first time performing live was at the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit in 2012. Legendary baseball analyst, Peter Gammons, suggested Arroyo play a song. So he did, performing a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Black.”
Two weeks ago, Arroyo played with his band the ’04 at the Innings Festival in Tampa. This was the second year this unique festival occurred in Tampa. It’s a unique mash-up of mainstream live music and professional baseball.
In addition, Arroyo just released his new record Some Might Say on February 17. This a collection of 10 original songs, some of which were played live at Innings Fest for the firs time.
He’s also a big music fan. The 2023 baseball season is finally here. So, it felt like the perfect time to reconnect with the legend. We spoke with him about his three favorite Tampa concert experiences.