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Gammons to leave ESPN, will become roadie for Pearl Jam

Seen here laying some chords on lead guitar on the PJ hit 'Better Man.'

Honesty, tell the truth, did you know that Peter Gammons is an active enthusiasts of the Boston rock and indie scene? No, seriously. I’m not joking.  Everybody’s favorite baseball nerd is a rocker.  I’m so freaking stunned that I’m going to block quote the entire ‘music’ section of his Wikipedia page:

“Gammons has a penchant for indie rock and the blues, and is active in the Boston indie rock scene when his other commitments allow him the time; he has been sighted at several Midnight Oil shows, and has mentioned the band in several columns. He is also a fan of Pearl Jam, as he has talked about experiences at concerts as well as previous albums (as heard on various ESPN Radio shows.) With the assistance of a band of Boston musicians and Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, Gammons plays a Fender Stratocaster and sings at the annual Hot Stove, Cool Music concert event to benefit Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, a charity that raises funds and awareness for non-profit agencies serving disadvantaged youth in the Greater Boston area.

Gammons’ debut album, Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old, was released on July 4, 2006. Gammons sang and played guitar on this collection of originals and covers that includes The Clash’s Death or Glory and Warren Zevon’s Model Citizen. Proceeds again went to Epstein’s charity.

The Boston Baseball Band wrote a song about Gammons called “Jammin’ With Peter Gammons.” Gammons founded the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert series with sportswriter Jeff Horrigan, Casey Riddles, Debbi Wrobleski, Mindy d’Arbeloff and singer Kay Hanley in December 2000. The fundraiser now takes place twice each year, with one show in January and another in July or August.

Gammons is tightly connected to the Boston rock scene. He even served as minister at the November 2007 marriage of bassist Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit, the Gentlemen) and singer Jennifer D’Angora (Downbeat 5, the Dents, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents).”

Wow…stunning and breathtaking at the same time.

Moving on to the real news at hand here:

From ESPN.com:

“Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN following the end of baseball’s winter meetings this week.

Gammons, who joined ESPN in 1989 after a distinguished print journalism career with the Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated, has decided to pursue other endeavors.

“My decision to leave ESPN and move on at this point in my life has been conflicted,” said Gammons in a statement. “I owe a great deal of my professional life to ESPN, having spent more than half of my 40 years in journalism working for the network, and the choice to move on was made with nothing but the strongest feelings for the people with whom I worked. ESPN gave me a great deal more than I gave it, and will always be a huge part of who I am.”

Gammons has been a staple of pure and innocent baseball knowledge to ESPN’s coverage for the past 21 years.  I’m fairly certain that I had my first catch with Peter Gammons. (Man, I sure miss that TV.)  It will be hard to see Baseball Tonight without Gammons behind the desk. We’ll miss you and your endless pools of baseball knowledge, rock on Grandpa.

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