BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A familiar face is returning to Boston for a charity concert.
Former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo will be playing at the Hot Stove Cool Music concert at the Paradise Rock Club this Saturday. The event is a benefit concert for former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and his twin brother Paul's organization the Foundation To Be Named Later, which raises money to help kids in both Boston and Chicago.
Johnny Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls is headlining the event, and he'll be joined by Arroyo and several other acts including Kay Hanley and Will Dailey. Baseball reporter Peter Gammons, former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, and Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck will also be at the event. The concert was virtual for the last two years because of the pandemic.
Arroyo told WBZ's Drew Moholland he's excited to play at this year's show and expects Theo Epstein to play at some point during the night.
"We're dragging him up on stage for at least one song," Arroyo said. "I'm playing Everlong by the Foo Fighters for Taylor Hawkins and to pay tribute to those guys."
Now a resident of Cincinnati, Arroyo said it feels great to be back in Boston.
"The vibe in this city, especially around the Red Sox and Fenway Park, is just magic," Arroyo said.
Arroyo pitched for the Red Sox from 2003 to 2005 and was a part of the historic team that won the 2004 World Series. One of his most famous moments came that season when he hit Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez with a pitch during a game, which started an iconic brawl between the two longtime rivals. Arroyo said there's still some bad blood between him and Rodriguez.
"To this day honestly Alex has run across a bunch of people that I know and he knows and he still doesn't even like talking about me," Arroyo said. "He's got some irritation with me."
This weekend, however, Arroyo is focused on the music. The concert is set for Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.