After all these years, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] says the pitcher who could throw a fastball by you was his old high school teammate. According to the New York Times, his name is Joe DePugh, a 61-year-old self-employed contractor. Springsteen wrote “Glory Days,”about his old friend DePugh and had to hear it to believe it!
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Springsteen and DePugh graduated high school in 1967 and didn’t see each other again until 1973. That’s when, as the song says, Springsteen was walking in and DePugh was walking out of a bar on the Jersey Shore, and they “decided to sit down for a few drinks and talk about the old times.”
DePugh moved to Vermont and told his friend about his night with Bruce. Turns out his friend was a big Springsteen fan. When “Glory Days” was released on the “Born In The USA” album, his friend told DePugh, “This song is about you.”
He didn’t believe it until he heard it on the radio.”My wife starts bawling,” DePugh told the Times. “That’s how I knew exactly that it was me.”
In honor of the MLB All Star Game, here’s the song.