Rock on! Arroyo's jam sessions are better than yours
MAY 17, 2014 2:10a ET
PHOENIX — On Elvis Night at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks put together a pretty good house band of their own.
Members of the Los Angeles-based band Dot Hacker, also longtime friends of Arroyo's, joined in. The band, named for drummer Eric Gardner's grandmother, has toured with Gnarls Barkley.
"They are all touring, so it is hard to get them together at one time," Arroyo said. "But they love the Dodgers as well, so it will probably be a treat for them to come in and meet 'Gibby' (Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson)."
Gibson, of course, hit the famous pinch-hit home run for the Dodgers to win Game 1 the 1988 World Series against the Athletics.
Arroyo and friends also have played several times at Peter Gammons' Hot Stove Cool Music charity event, which began in Boston 14 years ago.
But for practice sessions, the D-backs have turned a former storage room in the basement of Chase Field into a music room, with equipment provided by Fender.
Mark Trumbo, Aaron Hill and Josh Collmenter are among the D-backs who have sat in during sessions in the Fender room. The players lean toward modern rock, but pitching coach Mark Harkey has suggested that the players learn Lionel Richie "because he can rock them all."
"I'll text the boys now," Arroyo said. "We'll have to learn 'Dancing on the Ceiling,' or whatever it is called."