Right-hander Jake Peavy and coach Tim Flannery have performed music together before — and The Stew was there. Back in 2010, Peavy put on "Woodjock," a benefit concert featuring ballplayers singing and playing instruments at a hall in Scottsdale, Ariz. during spring training. Thanks to a trade in July made with the Boston Red Sox, Peavy and Flannery have been reunited with the San Francisco Giants. Flannery coached with the San Diego Padres when Peavy broke into the majors there.
Not only has the Giants deal allowed Peavy to get back into a pennant race, but it's giving him more time to jam with Flannery, who is quite an accomplished musician. Earlier this week, Flannery set up a video camera and recorded himself and Peavy performing "Poncho and Lefty," a Townes Van Zandt song most people probably know from when Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard recorded it in the early 1980s. Flannery notes that Peavy's grandfather taught Peavy the song when he was 19.
Peavy's and Flannery's concert hall: A stairwell at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver. The Giants have been in town playing the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Peavy's got a nice voice, and he knows how to handle a guitar — as does Flannery, who also plays the harmonica and other instruments. Flannery also seems to have recorded an entire album in various stairwells around the country. Better acoustics and more privacy than the bathroom.
"Thanks for letting me do that; That was cool," Peavy says.
Here's Willie and Merle, who won a Grammy for this performance:
Here's Peavy a few years earlier, singing "Take It Easy" (written by the Eagles and Jackson Browne) with Gordon Beckham when both played for the Chicago White Sox:
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