As most fans know, Geddy Lee has a passion for many things in life beyond music. His love and appreciation of wine has led the Rush front man to amass a collection of over 5,000 bottles. Another one of his passions is, of course, baseball. Geddy can often be seen attending the home games of his beloved Toronto Blue Jays, and he has an impressive baseball collection as well.
One of Geddy's most prized possession is a rare, autographed baseball which includes the signatures of many major league baseball players who are part of the 3,000 hit club. As the New York Yankee's short-stop Derek Jeter is also among that exclusive club, Geddy is attempting to get his signature, as well as Ichiro Suzuki's autograph, added to the baseball.
An article from the St. Louis Post-Dispath explains:A baseball that might be unlike any other in the world is visiting Busch Stadium this week in hopes to add to more signatures to the elite group already on its hide. The owner of the ball has asked Cardinals equipment manager Rip Rowan to get the signatures of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki -- two more members of the 3,000-hit club. That's the prerequisite for getting on the ball.Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.
A quick scan of the ball (pictured) shows that it has most of the members of the 3,000-hit club and only a few modern hitters -- if we use some elastic to stretch the definition of "modern" -- do not appear on the ball, Honus Wagner and Nap Lajoie.
It has more recent 3,000-hit members: Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs.
And it has Cobb, Speaker, and Eddie Collins, whose signature is one of the hard to miss ones -- big and loopy.
The ball is owned by Rush's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee. A renowned collected of memorabilia and a huge baseball fan, Lee is also a Cardinals fan. He has come around the ballpark and spent time with the club before, and he has had long friendships with a few around the club. Lee purchased the ball to add to his collection, and has added signatures to it so that it may be the only baseball held by both Cobb and Clemente and ... if all goes well this week ... Jeter.