Members of the Pearl Jam Ten Club forums are reporting that Pearl Jam’s new 2018 single “Can’t Deny Me” is featured in the TBS baseball playoffs commercial for the American League. This is the first time “Can’t Deny Me” has been featured on television since its release earlier this year.
Eddie Vedder is a huge baseball fan, with the Chicago Cubs being his favorite team. Pearl Jam also recently played Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Safeco Field. They even threw out the first pitch at a recent Seattle Mariners game.
A couple of months ago, 670 The Score and CBS Sports are reporting that Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was recently sending Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder daily Cubs lineups while he was on tour in Europe.
Joe Maddon is known for his eccentricities as a manager. Who could forget the time that he brought penguins in to relax in the Rays’ clubhouse? With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a shock that he’s sending Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder the Cubs’ daily lineup while Pearl Jam tours in Europe. And yet, it’s still enough to make you do a double-take.
You can’t deny Maddon and Vedder’s history together. Here’s a phenomenal video of the Cubs’ manager playing the tambourine on-stage alongside Vedder and Cubs executive Theo Epstein while Pearl Jam plays “Keep on Rocking the Free World” at The Metro in Chicago in 2016.
670 The Score tweeted, “Joe Maddon has been sending his daily #Cubs lineup to Eddie Vedder while Pearl Jam is on tour in Europe.”
“Can’t Deny Me” is the only new Pearl Jam song released in the last five years, and when released earlier this year, it was said it would appear on the band’s new album, which has yet to come out but is expected in 2019. Eddie Vedder recently said at Pearl Jam’s last 2018 show that the band wouldn’t play live for awhile, and the next time they’d play together would be in the studio.