The lone Canadian MLB franchise shared a video of catcher Caleb Joseph taking a crack at Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" on an bucket drum setup cobbled together from training gear. You can watch the clip below.
It wasn't long before the team cut their warmup exercises to watch Joseph play through the song's final blistering fill and reggae-tinged outro, marvelling at both his accuracy and technique behind the makeshift kit.
"[I've been] playing drums, I'd say, 10 years," Joseph told theScore Thursday (February 20) in Florida. "[Been] playing the air drums for the past, probably, 25."
Joseph told the site that his love for Rush began upon hearing the band's "Vital Signs" in his uncle's Honda Accord at age 12.
"I just thought it was the most amazing song of all time," he recalled. "Then I was scooped in and, like many other Rush fans, you just kind of can't escape it."
Joseph had tweeted his own tribute to the drummer's January passing, sharing that Rush was his favourite band, and that Peart was his favourite beatkeeper.
"The reason I even picked up drum sticks was because of Neil," he wrote. "Just absolutely crushed by this news. Always held hope for one more tour."
The catcher had seen Rush perform "around eight times" over the band's storied career and formed a relationship with vocalist/bassist and noted baseball aficionado Geddy Lee while a member of the Baltimore Orioles.
Primus are set to pay tribute to Rush on tour this summer. The band recently lifted the curtain on an anniversary edition of Permanent Waves.
Don't tweet much but am so saddened by the news of Neil Peart's passing. Rush is my favorite band and Neil my favorite drummer. The reason I even picked up drum sticks was because of Neil. Just absolutely crushed by this news. Always held hope for 1 more tour. Thank You Neil!— Caleb Joseph (@CamelBackstop) January 11, 2020
@CamelBackstop with another flawless air drumming impersonation of Neil Peart from @rushtheband today at @BlueJays spring training #rush #neilpeart #geddylee #alexlifeson #calebjoseph #spiritoftheradio #toronto #torontobluejays #bluejays #mlb #springtraining #airdrumming pic.twitter.com/jhsOq4K7sx— Trent Bailey (@TheTrentBailey) February 19, 2020