Vinnie Paul of Pantera Is Being Honored Inside This Major League Baseball Stadium

This MLB season just got a bit more metal

August 11, 2020
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With no fans in the stands for the entirety of the 2020 season, Major League Baseball teams have been getting creative in bringing some sense of normalcy to the stadium experience.

Cardboard cutouts of fans have graced the stands across most stadiums. The Kansas City Royals have a hilarious cutout of Bernie Lomax from Weekend at Bernie’s behind homeplate. The Chicago White Sox put cardboard cutouts of their players’ kids in the stands.

The phenomenon was taken to new heights as a cutout of the late Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul graced the stands during a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park.

The band shared a clip of the game where reporter Emily Jones spotlighted the Paul cutout in the stands. “Rock ‘n’ roll royalty here in right field,” Jones said before she started singing the riff to the Pantera classic “Walk.”

On their Instagram account, Pantera said a friend of Paul’s made sure there was a cutout of him at Globe Life Park so he could take in a Rangers game.

Even better? Jones indicated that every time a Rangers player walks, the Pantera track plays over the stadium’s PA system.

Paul tragically passed away in June 2018 at the age of 54. Paul formed Pantera with his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott back in 1981 with the group quickly becoming key figures in heavy metal.

Paul’s last band was the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which he joined in 2006 and included members like vocalist Chad Gray of Mudvayne and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

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