Last night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I’ve been having that Padres need help in the bullpen and that Phish as a summer job has run its course. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys’ feelings, while not all the same as mine (silly American League fans), were similar in many ways — most importantly, that we all love and respect the game of baseball and the fans far too much to stand by and allow the Padres to once again finish at the bottom of the NL West. We don’t want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By the end of the meeting, we realized that Jamie Moyer is nearly two years older than me so a career as a big league pitcher is not a crazy idea at all.
So both legs of Phish summer tour have been cancelled and we will release winter 2013 dates moments after Buck and McCarver scream strike three as Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones whiffs for the final out of the World Series. We are proud and thrilled that it will be the first time a rock and roll star has successfully transferred from the mound to the stage. We’re also excited for the All-Star Game in July as we will be performing the “Star Spangled Banner” shortly after that dude from House who looks like the coach from the Pittsburgh Steelers throws out the first pitch. For the sake of clarity, I should say that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to break into the world of sports. We’re done being a summer nostalgia act. It’s been an amazing and incredible journey. We thank you all for the love and support that you’ve shown us. Now PLAY BALL!
Trey Anastasio 05.08.12