Garth Brooks at Pirates Spring Training

The Pirates made waves on the first day of Spring Training when they announced that country music star Garth Brooks would join them for the first week of camp:

It isn’t unusual for celebrities to show up at Spring Training, either through charities or to live out their dreams of being a baseball player. This isn’t even the first time Brooks has shown up to Spring Training. He was with the Padres in 1998 and ’99, the Mets in 2000 and the Royals in 2002. This time around, he’s marking the 20th year of his Teammates for Kids Foundation.

It didn’t take long for Brooks to lace up the cleats and hit the field. He took some grounders at third base, and actually looked pretty good doing it:

Even though the Pirates are the fourth team he’s appeared with, they’re first in his heart. Because of Roberto Clemente, Brooks grew up as a Pirates fan.

Maybe the Pirates will put Brooks in right field once games start, so he can follow in the footsteps of his idol.

Eric Chesterton is writer for Cut4. He particularly enjoys bunts against the shift, stolen bases and celebrating his birthday with mascots at the ballpark.

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