American rock band The Grateful Dead in concert, circa 1970. From left to right, lead singer Jerry Garcia, drummer Bill Kreutzmann and bassist Phil Lesh. (Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

I love that the Red Sox do things like “Jerry Garcia Day”.

You don’t have to be a Deadhead to enjoy the fusion of a musical icon with an evening of baseball on a warm summer night.

And Grateful Dead did once sing the national anthem at a San Francisco Giants game back in ’93. Not because they liked baseball, but because they loved San Francisco. (Side note: who knew Tony Bennet‘s kid is a Deadhead!).

Jerry Garcia is one of those artists that you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news of their passing.

It was August of 1995. My younger brother had passed away that March and I was in deep grief. A very generous friend invited me out to her place in Los Angeles. She was working at a really cool radio station, KSCA. She’d left for work so I was in her apartment by myself. There was a radio on and I was just kind of hanging out that morning. I heard the person on the air announce Jerry Garcia‘s death.

I’ve never gone to a Dead show but I like a lot of their music. Everything I’ve ever read or heard about Jerry Garcia is filled with positivity; just a really sweet guy, kind, down to earth, witty. His guitar playing is legendary for his unique tone and technique. It was both sad and surprising to hear of his passing.

So, a tip of the old baseball cap to you, Jerry.

Tonight at Fenway Park you’ll be remembered for your musical contributions and for just making this planet a better place because of your being here.

 

Jerry Day | Boston Red Sox

Join us at America's Most Beloved Ballpark in the summer night moonlight on Tuesday, August 9, as we celebrate the legacy of the legendary Jerry Garcia. Ticket holders who purchase via this special offer will receive a Jerry Garcia bobblehead in a Red Sox jersey to commemorate this special event.

 

I wonder if Jerry would have enjoyed communicating with fans through Twitter. Here’s how some Twitter users are remembering Jerry today:

Jerry Garcia & Mickey Hart Discuss The Grateful Dead's Longevity In 'Today Show' Interview On This Day In 1987

On this day in 1987, Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart appeared on the Today Show to promote In The Dark and discuss the Grateful Dead's already longevous career. It might sound silly with the Fare Thee Well 50th Anniversary shows quickly fading into memory, but at that point, the Dead's ability to fill large stadiums 20 years into the band's career was pretty unheard of.