Throwback: March 20th, 2000, Country music star Garth Brooks just took off his Mets’ uniform for the final time, ending his spring training campaign.
The spring training stint was marked with a 0-for-17 state line with four walks. Brooks was not in contention to make any spot on the team, what he was doing was something bigger than the game.
Brooks signed with the New York Mets in exchange for a donation to his Touch ‘Em All Foundation. The organization was co-founded in 1999 by Garth Brooks and Bo Mitchell, to help contribute financial resources to selected non-profit organizations that effectively serve and benefit children.
Seeing stars play in spring training for a cameo or to just give baseball a try is nothing new in this era, but go back to the early 2000s and it was totally different. Brooks was in a way, ahead of his time though his goal was completely different from actually trying out baseball.
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