|Bronson Arroyo's performance was solid, just like his relief work in the World Series.|
In any case, Arroyo headed a handful of other covers including Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Tom Petty. He ended his set with 'Staind's 'Outside Looking In.'
After Arroyo's respectable performance of a set heavy in 90's garage grunge, actor Mike O'Malley -- the event's emcee -- snuck in a fun-loving dig, imploring the audience to pitch in and lend a hand in bringing Bronson's CD collection into this century. Valid point.
At the risk of dating myself, I will assert that most of Arroyo's selections were topping the charts when I was running off the school bus, trying to catch Mike O'Malley play host to Nickelodeon's brilliant American Gladiator-esque kids show, "Guts."
Remember the AgroCrag or the referee lady with the British accent? ''D-d-d-do ya have it?" C'mon, relive your youth with me, Page 3!
|Peter Gammons knows baseball; he also knows how to throw a jammin' party for a good cause.|
But perhaps the event's most comical moment ensued when O'Malley asked the second auction winner -- a middle-aged, down-to-earth-looking woman -- how she found the dough for the final bid. She dropped her head and shuffled her glance to her shoes before proclaiming in aw-shucks style, ''I got a divorce on Friday." Rebound with "a night of love with Theo Epstein" ... Brilliant! A night of great tunes for a great cause. Hang another pennant on the wall for Peter Gammons' fifth annual Hot Stove, Cool Music event. Boston truly had something to sing about this year. Mary Buckheit is an editor for ESPN.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org