Rush’s Geddy Lee at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft’s MLB debut – The Cincinnati Enquirer

For the second time so far this season, a rock star was in the crowd to watch a Cincinnati Reds pitcher make his Major League debut.

Rush lead singer Geddy Lee attended Reds right-handed pitcher Graham Ashcraft’s first big-league start.

“A pretty significant Blue Jays fan here today if you love rock and roll music – Geddy Lee of Rush – native of Ontario is here behind the plate,” Bally Sports Ohio play-by-play announcer John Sadak said during the 2nd inning of the broadcast. “Wonder if he considers Joey Votto to be today’s Tom Sawyer?”

Jack White, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the White Stripes, was at Great American Ball Park in April as Reds rookie Nick Lodolo made his big-league debut.

Bally Sports Ohio’s Jim Day reported that Ashcraft did not have any family members in Toronto on Sunday because of COVID protocols and not finding out until Saturday that Ashcraft would start in place of the injured Connor Overton.

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