Why Steve Perry Is the San Francisco Giants’ Bill Murray
Steve Perry is still a question mark for Journey‘s April 7 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, one surefire way to lure the singer to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn might be to promise him tickets to a baseball game.
After all, Perry is an avowed fan of the sport — and, instead of being spotted on a stage, he’s seen more frequently at the ballpark these days.
As he told one TV interviewer in recent years, his love affair with baseball began in 2002, when his hometown San Francisco Giants reached the World Series. Things reached a fever pitch of sorts in 2005, when the Chicago White Sox made “Don’t Stop Believin’” their unofficial postseason theme song, after several players heard the song in a bar and decided it was the perfect get-pumped tune.
When the Sox made the World Series, the front office went looking for Perry, no doubt hoping his presence would bring some extra good luck. Mission accomplished: The team tracked him down, and he hung out with the White Sox for the duration of the World Series, clearly honored that “Don’t Stop Believin’” was chosen as an anthem.
“This song meant something to them, and it put me in an emotional state that I don’t know what to say,” Perry told the Chicago Tribune before Game 2. “To see it come back after all of these years. … What better honor could I want?”