Kenny Chesney Mourns Loss Of Red Sox Player
Kenny Chesney posted some images of Red Sox baseball player Tim Wakefield and himself on Instagram. He was mourning Wakefield’s death on Sunday (10/1) at age 57 of brain cancer.
Kenny said to his nearly 2 million followers in the post, “A very tough time for Red Sox Nation and @noshoesnation. Goodbye to my friend Tim Wakefield who I shared a lot of laughs with. Tim threw batting practice to me and a few friends at @fenwaypark in 2004. He came to countless shows over the years, and I’m sure gonna miss him. Rest in peace, pal.”
Wakefield was a right-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox who in 2004 played a critical role in the team’s winning its first World Series championship in eighty-six years.
Chesney recently enjoyed a rare summer off from his tight touring schedule. So, he did what many school kids did over the summer: he went to summer camp. For Kenny, it was songwriting camp.
Chesney is well-known for his love of the islands and got some people together who don’t always have time to catch up and write songs. Kenny told us of his recent adventure, “Usually song camps are a couple of days. They’re thrown in the middle of so many other things going on, and you never truly settle into a groove or the fun of just hanging out. I’ve loved songwriters since I first got to town after graduating from ETSU, so who better to hang out with for a few weeks than some of your favorite writers?”
He continued, “We had people coming in and leaving, some arriving partway through. But over these couple weeks, stories were told, laughter had, drinks consumed, bars overtaken – and yeah, I think a few great songs were written. We’re still here, having more fun and remembering the reasons we all started chasing songs, even before writing them, than most of us have had in a long time.”
Chesney’s songwriting group included Nashville hit makers Jessi Alexander, Nicolle Galyon, Casey Beathard, Tucker Beathard, Ernest, Summer Overstreet, Brett James, David Garcia, and Will Bundy.