Toronto Blue Jays catcher Caleb Joseph Pays Tribute To Neil Peart
Neil Peart and Rush live in Frankfurt - RushWire / Youtube
Caleb Joseph of the Toronto Blue Jays paid homage to his self-professed favorite drummer, the late Neil Peart, with an air drum performance to the solo of Rush’s “The Spirit Of Radio”.
In a spring training footage provided by the MLB team’s official Twitter handle, the catcher is seen miming Peart’s “playing” over an arrangement of blue buckets while his teammates cheer him on from the background. Joseph even “nails” the solo, keeping in time with every tom and cymbal hit, including the reggae breakdown by the song’s conclusion.
In Joseph’s tweet in January following Peart’s passing, he wrote: “Don’t tweet much but am so saddened by the news of Neil Peart’s passing. Rush is my favorite band and Neil my favorite drummer. The reason I even picked up drum sticks was because of Neil. Just absolutely crushed by this news. Always held hope for one more tour. Thank you, Neil!”
In a 2017 interview with Maryland’s Capital Gazette, Joseph said that playing drums helps him prepare for the game. “Rhythm, tempo, being soft with your hands but quick at the same time. It really does help — I’m not gonna lie. That’s why I’ve been vouching for an entire drum set in the clubhouse and will continue to do it,” he shared.