Lots of professional athletes lead active lives outside of their sport, whether it’s charity outreach, sponsorship deals, or the recent phenomenon of streaming video games online. But former White Sox reliever Scott Radinsky recently opened up about one of the more unusual athlete side hustles, as a punk rocker.
During an interview with WBUR radio, Radinsky recalls how he managed to both pitch as a breakout rookie for the Whtie Sox, while also recording vocal tracks on the road for his band back at home.
What makes the feat even more impressive, is that Radinsky managed to stay productive in both worlds.
Over 11 major league seasons from 1990-2001, Radinsky posted a career 3.44 ERA to go with a 42-25 record and 52 saves. During that exact same time span, he released seven records with two different bands: Ten Foot Pole and Pulley.
But did he ever merge his two worlds?
“Gosh, I always would do my best to try to keep the music and the baseball separated,” Radinsky said via WBUR radio. “I didn't like speaking about music to the baseball people, nor did I like speaking about baseball to the music people. I don't think either side really got it.”
A few years after his playing career ended, Radinsky got back into baseball as a minor league coach with the Cleveland Indians. He kept up the music too, recording six more albums with Pulley.
"It's all I've ever known," Radinsky said via WBUR radio. "I don't know anything else. This is just normal to me."