Garth Brooks comes out of the pension and will take the baseball diamond again. The superstar of the country music…
Garth Brooks comes out of the pension and will take the baseball diamond again.
The superstar of the country music takes his talents to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a week on Monday to participate in our care training and will report with jugs and prisoners.
“As a celebrity, they have not cut me yet, so we will see,” Brooks joked to The Associated Press as he fired ground balls on the third base and shook air balls in the outfield. “You have to use your benefits, you know. Before you could measure the plate anything you want, because no one wanted to see you. You don’t have speed, you don’t have fields. You haven’t hit. So, use the other thing you have.”
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Brook’s spring school excursion will mark its fourth stint with a major League Baseball club during pre-season action, having adorned the field with San Diego Padres (1
999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004). The 57-year-old crooner’s training starts on Thursday.
Brooks returns briefly to the sport to mark the 20th anniversary of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, which has increased more than $ 100 million to children‘s charities. The foundation pairs children with professional athletes.
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Brooks was a Pirates fan even though they grew up in Oklahoma.
The pirates did not announce that Brooks would be in the camp until Monday morning, making it a surprise to his “teammates”.
“I went out to take some fly balls and the guy did not look,” left the left field Corey Dickerson. “Then it hit me. It is very fun. My brother and I grew up and listened to his music and I look forward to having a chance to talk to him.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.