Jimmy De Martini, fiddler and vocalist for Zac Brown Band, remembers how he felt when his father took him to baseball games, and now — like fathers have been doing for as long as baseball has been America’s pastime — he’s passing that on to his kids.
“When we get to take them to a Major League Baseball game, it’s great seeing the look on their faces — when they walk out there and they see the grass and they see the perfect infield with all the white lines drawn,” De Martini said, before Father’s Day arrived Sunday.
“They’re just wide-eyed. Just like I remember when my father used to take me. I remember that feeling the first time I saw the real ballfield with the real players out there that you see on TV. It’s a special moment.”
Zac Brown Band will take to the ballpark themselves when the band performs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, Aug. 26. And a few fans will have the chance to not only see the show, but to participate in a meet-and-greet with the band members along with former Cubs pitcher and current MLB Network studio analyst Ryan Dempster.
To enter, fans can tune in to “MLB Central” weekdays on MLB Network at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday to watch for photos of MLB players with their fathers and children. A special code word will appear during the broadcast, which can be entered at MLB.com/ZBB to be eligible to win.
Zac Brown Band reminisce on their fathers
Members of Zac Brown Band recall memories of their fathers as they discuss their song ‘My Old Man’
The grand prize includes two tickets to Zac Brown Band’s concert and two tickets to a Cubs home game. It also includes the pre-show meet-and-greet with the band and Dempster, as well as round-trip airfare, hotel and ground transportation for two to Chicago.
The band’s new album, “Welcome Home,” includes a single titled “My Old Man,” a song about fathers and sons.
“‘My Old Man’ means a lot to me,” percussionist Daniel de los Reyes said. “It’s a tribute to not just every father, but every figure that is a father or mentor figure to somebody. Whether it be a big brother, a coach, a mother, a father.”
Zac Brown said: “It goes through the generational cycle that you go through. Kind of knowing everything when you’re a kid, and then you realize that you don’t know it all, and hopefully, you pick up on the wisdom of your father.”