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John Fogerty talks 'Centerfield,' that baseball-bat guitar and rooting for the Rays



As John Fogerty comes to Tropicana Field this Saturday as the first act in the Tampa Bay Rays' 2010 summer postgame concert series, one question above all others comes to our mind: What's the deal with that Louisville slugger guitar?

"I thought it’d be really cool to have a special way to present Centerfield," said during a recent chat with reporters. "I’ve had a couple of custom guitars made by a guy up in Santa Barbara. His name is Philip Kubicki; he worked for a long time at Fender. I asked him one day about making a baseball bat guitar. He loved the idea. He had to figure out how to conceal the tuners and make it look real. One of the more interesting things is that it’s got the real Louisville Slugger stamp on it. He actually contacted Bradsby & Hillerich — or is it the other way around? — and used their stamp on the guitar."

Fogerty performs following the 6:10 p.m. game Saturday night between the Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. Click here for details.

And click here for more of Sean Daly's interview with Fogerty, including the story behind his baseball anthem Centerfield and why he pulled for the Rays in the 2008 World Series.

Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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