From the book “Pearl Jam-Twenty,” here is a photo of Eddie Vedder and the late great Johnny Ramone rolling a game of Strat-O-Matic Baseball.
I showed this picture to my wife who immediately replied, “It’s like your fan fiction finally came true!”
It’s well-known that Eddie Vedder is a Cubs fan, and Johnny Ramone, a huge collector of baseball autographs, was
a Mets fan a Yankees fan.
The card in Eddie’s hand is white on the advanced side, which means it is from a Strat season earlier than 1987. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they’re playing a game pitting the 1984 Cubs against the Mets and Dwight Gooden’s rookie pitching card.
At least, that’s how it goes in my fan fiction.
UPDATE 6-20-2014: Johnny Ramone confirms the authenticity of the photo:
…They put him (Vedder) in the room next to me (Ramone)with connecting doors. We’d sit there and play the Strat-O-Matic baseball game all day long…” – from Commando, the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone, p. 124.
(hat tip to the StratFanForum post by de1061!)
[ps: this picture is just screaming for a great caption! Where is Repoz when you need him!]