A month ago, we were a little worried about Jack White. The Third Man Records boss kept showing up to baseball games and outside of a couple stiff smiles, it seemed like he really wasn’t enjoying himself. But since he got the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Tigers game in his hometown of Detroit, it seems White has been able to find joy in America’s pastime on a consistent basis. Whether it’s due to his Lazaretto viny sales record or his snazzy new hairdo, we don’t know, but we do know that White took in yesterday afternoon’s Mariners game at Seattle’s Safeco Field with none other than Eddie Vedder and Paul Simon. Sadly, the Mariners lost to the Rangers by a score of 12 to 4, but that didn’t stop to the three rock icons from getting together for this Instagram photo.
It’s just the latest in a series of White actually having fun at baseball parks. He hung out with Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson in Oakland, chilled with Rockies slugger Justin Morneau during batting practice, and found time to visit the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City. On top of all that, White has been playing through injury for the better part of a week, having severely sprained his ankle during a show (check out the ugly photo of it for proof) and ignored pleas to postpone his tour. To cap it all off, White will play the Fenway Park “Bleacher Theater” in Boston on September 17, with a stage set up above the right field bullpen in the stadium home of the Red Sox. We’ll have to wait and see if he leads the 7,500 attendees in a chant of “Yankees suck!”