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01/04/2008 9:00 AM ET
Cooking up a baseball-music feast
MLB and entertainment worlds to collide at benefit
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Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and ESPN's Peter Gammons throw down guitar licks at last year's Hot Stove All Stars benefit. (WIlliam B. Plowman/AP)
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Peter Gammons and Jeff Horrigan have been obsessed with baseball, rock music and the desire to help others for a while. But they didn't turn it into something official, annual and magical until the late 1990s, when the idea for the yearly "Hot Stove, Cool Music" benefit was first cooked up.

Gammons, the former Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer, current ESPN baseball expert, famed rock n' roll geek and burgeoning guitarist with a CD on the market, teamed up with Boston Herald writer and music nut Horrigan over 10 years to blend their love of music with baseball for a good cause. The event has grown stronger every year.

Once again, the New Year is upon us, which means that "Hot Stove, Cool Music" will light up Beantown with a two-day event centered this weekend around the Paradise Rock Club and Fenway Park.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a roundtable discussion on "Building a Winning Enterprise: Excellent on the field, court and ice - and in the Community" featuring Boston general manager Theo Epstein, Steve Pagliuca, Cam Neely and others.

Following that discussion, which will take place at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park, there will be a presentation titled "Inside Baseball 2008" and featuring Epstein, Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, Gammons, Bill James and others. A live auction will take place with light refreshments served, and, as with every event associated with "Hot Stove, Cool Music," all proceeds will benefit Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later charity.

On Saturday night, the music will begin at the Paradise, with Spookie Daly Pride, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves and deSol playing. Doors open at 8 p.m.

And Sunday night, as usual, will be the big show at the Paradise, featuring performances by Epstein, Gammons, Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey, Dickie Barrett, Bronson Arroyo, Lori McKenna, Kay Hanley, Dear Leader, Paul Barrere of Little Feat, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, French Lick featuring Boston Celtics managing partner and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, Murder Capitol of the World, the Elan Trotman Band and MC Mike O'Malley.

If Sunday's benefit blowout is like anything in years past, expect surprise guests from all over the Red Sox clubhouse and baseball in general, super-jams, musicians sitting in with other musicians, and a good time that will be remembered for years to come.

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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