It is always great when the worlds of baseball and music come together like they did last night at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Bruce Springsteen was playing the vaunted old arena for the last time before it is torn down. Old-time Bruce fans know that some of his best shows have been in the Spectrum and that Philadelphia has some of his most passionate fans.
When Bruce came to Philly as part of the Born In The USA Tour 25 years ago, a sports talk radio guy named Rob Charry had Harry Kalas record play-by-play of Bruce hitting a grand slam off Clarence Clemons.
Bruce dug up that recording and played it last night before dedicating Thunder Road to Harry, who passed away earlier this month. Bruce is a big baseball fan — Yankees, of course — and knew how much Harry meant to the people in Philadelphia.
Bruce and the mighty E Street Band also played London Calling by request. This sounds like a must-have bootleg.