Steven Van Zandt Responds To Unending Bruce Springsteen Backlash

No matter what, longtime best friends stick together and come to each other’s defense at any sign of trouble. Stevie Van Zandt rushed to Bruce Springsteen’s defense against a social media user who expressed negative opinions about one of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s songs, ‘Glory Days.’ This backlash has been going on since the song’s release in 1985, and it’s about time the controversy stopped.

Bruce Springsteen wrote the song depicting a baseball game in his lyrics; hence, the music video also showcases a baseball game. Everything is nice and fun until he says the word ‘speedball’ instead of ‘fastball’ in one line. Fans were unhappy about the singer using a word that is commonly used to describe a mixture of heroin and cocaine in a song about baseball.

This controversy only grew over the years, with a blog post even outlining the entire issue and changing the lyric from ‘speedball’ to ‘curveball’ themselves because Bruce did not change it throughout the years, and ‘it had to be done.’ Steven Van Zandt caught wind of this argument on Twitter and replied to those trying to throw shade at his friend.

Jason Isabel began the discussion by tweeting:

“I know a lot of people hate the fact that Springsteen said ‘speedball’ instead of ‘fastball’ in ‘Glory Days,’ but I think it’s perfect for the character- happy opening day.”

Steven Van Zandt replied:

“With all due respect, those people are f*cking morons. He wasn’t doing a baseball documentary; he was writing a f*cking song!”

A fan got involved by saying:

“I don’t hate it, but it bugs me. Am I a quasi-moron? A moron lite? Or a little dopey?”

Van Zandt said:

“Well, now that you ask, maybe the whole baseball thing was a clever surreptitious metaphor for a drug deal? Does anybody consider that?”

A year before this song’s release, Steven Van Zandt had quit the E Street Band, but he came back just to shoot this video. Hence, it must have a special place in his heart already. It seems like he is also appreciative of Springsteen’s lyric writing to rush to his defense in this matter.