Stringer drummer Johnny Spencer gets doused with beer at Yankees game, video goes viral: Watch
The Oakland A's reached out to Spencer via Twitter and offered him a care package and next season's tickets, along with fresh A's gear that doesn't smell like beer!
A video of Johnny Spencer, the drummer of NYC-based punk band Stringer, has gone viral following a run-in with an unruly New York Yankees fan.
Spencer was at the Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics game at the Yankees Stadium on Wednesday. After the Yankees cruised past the A's with a 7-2 win, the crowd went berserk and one Yankees fan took it a little too far as he emptied his beer on an unsuspecting Spencer, who was sporting an Athletics jersey. Spencer looks absolutely stunned in the video, which is quickly whipping up a storm and giving Yankees fans a bad name. Watch the video below.
"This is me getting beer poured on me because the Yankees were winning," said Spencer of the incident. "Despite the look on my face, I was having a blast repping the A's, as I was born and raised in Oakland and have been an A's fan my whole life. Now that I live in NYC, I've also become a Mets fan because all of Stringer and our Brooklyn crew [are] Mets fans. We even named our venue "Shea Stadium" after the old Mets stadium. Needless to say, I've hated the Yankees my whole life. Some things will never change," he quipped.
The story has a happy ending though. After seeing the clip, The Oakland A's called upon fans to identify Johnny via Twitter, offering him "new Oakland A's gear that doesn't smell like beer!" Johnny was quick to identify himself to his beloved home team, who promised to send over a care package and host him at a game next season. The A's official Twitter account then thanked Johnny for representing their team in New York.
That's me!! Never been more proud to be an A's fan. Born and raised in Oakland but living in Brooklyn now. Sad my chavez jersey got covered in beer but it was so worth it! Y'all are the best!— John Spencer (@johnnyplaydrums) October 4, 2018
UPDATE: We found him! Now dry, the Oakland native and current NY resident is John Spencer. We’ll be sending John a care package and we’ll host him at a game next season. Thanks for representing the A’s in New York, John! #RootedInOakland #HeroTown pic.twitter.com/jBnlzqXOGX— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) October 4, 2018
As one of the resident "house bands" at the beloved-- recently closed-- NYC underground venue Shea Stadium, Stringer (known in a previous incarnation as Heeney) has been active in the Brooklyn DIY scene for several years. Over the years, the band has played shows with the likes of Titus Andronicus, So-So Glos, Porches, Speedy Ortiz, Slothrust and SWMRS to name a few.
Max Kagan & Mark Fletcher, both native New Yorkers, met on 12/12/12 during a 24-hour long noise show at their beloved hometown venue/clubhouse Shea Stadium. After joining forces with powerhouse drummer Johnny Spencer, the three have been making music under various names ever since. The most refined & fully-formed version of that collaboration can be found in the form of Stringer, who, with the addition of Riley Zimmer (bass), have been a band since late 2015.
Earlier this June, Stringer dropped a gritty, DIY music video for their single 'Ghosts' from their album 'My Bad', which dropped in July via Wiretap Records. Check out the music video below:
Johnny Spencer will be hitting the road with Stringer, accompanied by New Jersey's The Cryptkeeper Five in November. See dates below.
Stringer upcoming shows:
OCT 26 Berlin - Under A- NYC (w/ Warpark, Don Babylon, Cold Beaches)
NOV 15 Metropolitan Kitchen Annapolis- Odenton, MD (w/ THE CK5 + Alements + more)
NOV 16 Wonderland RVA- Richmond VA (w/ THE CK5 )
NOV 17 Studio Brew- Bristol,VA (w/ THE CK5 + Nerve Endings + Moose Roberts)
NOV 19 The Southgate House Revival- Newport, KY (w/ The CK5, The Epidemic)
NOV 20 Slash Run- Washington, DC (w/ The CK5)
NOV 21 The TUSK- Philadelphia, PA (w/ THE CK5)