WESTERLY — News alert. Bronson Arroyo will be in Misquamicut Saturday. Yes, you read that correctly. Bronso Arroyo, the former major league pitcher who played for the World Series winning Boston Red Sox in 2004, will be at Paddy’s Beach Club Saturday night — along with his band — to play for his fans.
“I hope they give me back a little bit of energy, because I plan to give them plenty,” Arroyo joked Monday afternoon during a telephone conversation as he headed to Cincinnati.
And yes, you can expect to hear a rousing version of “Dirty Water,” if you’re in the audience Saturday night. On his debut album, “Covering the Bases,” Arroyo sings a version of “Dirty Water” accompanied by Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo, and Kevin Youkilis.
“Oh yeah,” Arroyo chuckled. “I think Dirty Water will be in the set.”
“I have huge respect for Red Sox nation,” said Arroyo, who spent nine seasons pitching for the Cincinnati Reds and still calls Theo Epstein a good friend even though Epstein traded him away for Wily Mo Pena.
Arroyo, who also inspired a bench-clearing brawl almost 14 years ago to the day — during a game against the Yankees when he hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch — said he’s taking his music seriously these days as he steps back from playing baseball.
Not bad for a guy who didn’t even pick up a guitar until he was a pro ball player.
“I’m a late bloomer,” said the boyish athlete, who also counts Boston Globe sports columnist Pete Gammons as a friend. “But I come from a musical family; my whole family is musical. I guess it’s in my DNA.”
Arroyo’s grandmother, Norma Dopp, was a music teacher in Key West who taught violin, cello and piano to students of all ages. His father sang in a band.
Arroyo made his public debut on stage in January 2004 at the Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, where he performed a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Black”with teammate Kevin Millar.
“What I didn’t realize was that Kevin didn’t know the words to any of the songs,” said the Key West native with a laugh. “So I told him to just stand there and look pretty.”
Arroyo called the Pearl Jam concert “a dream come true … on stage with my favorite band, singing my favorite song under the moonlight in Fenway Park on the spot where you pitched was the pinnacle of my whole life,” he said.
Ashaway native Dave Rosen, president of Coastal Productions, said he’s been enjoying “bringing some national names to my home town.”
The Arroyo concert takes place at 9 p.m., tickets are $15 -$20. $50 VIP ticket includes a photo with Arroyo. Visit paddysbeach.com.