Country singer Garth Brooks has done a lot of cool things in his career.
For a while, he was even singer under an alias, reminiscent of Ron Artest or whatever he's officially called these days.
It's a good thing for Brooks, however, that he can sing.
Because the former Oklahoma State track athlete, who earned a scholarship for javelin, sure wouldn't have made it in baseball.
Brooks was back at it on Friday, however, hitting batting practice with the Chicago White Sox during his weeklong tour stop in the Chicago area.
"His swing is slowing down a little bit. I can say that,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com. “He had fun, though. Even for him or his band, to come out here, it's just a break for them. They are out here for over a few weeks. They are doing the same thing every day, so it's just fun for them to get out here and run around and do baseball stuff."
Pair go way back
Ventura and Brooks actually went to Oklahoma State at the same time. And, in 2009, they were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame together as homecoming grand marshals along with former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders.
"He was hitting the [concert] circuit around there and then always coming back, doing things," Ventura told MLB.com about Brooks. "But once he hit it, he was off and running. So you would run into him every once in a while. And then when I was with the Mets in 2000, he did Spring Training with us. So that was a lot of fun.”
Brooks in baseball
That Mets stint Ventura was talking about was one of three stints with different teams Brooks did, helping to raise money for charity along the way.
With the Mets, he was 1-for-22 at the plate, according to baseball-reference. If you wondered, that's a .045 batting average.
He was 0-for-17 the next year for the Mets and then got one hit playing with the Kansas City Royals in 2004.
"He's just a tremendously nice person," Ventura told MLB.com about Brooks. "It's hard to tell people just how genuine and nice a person he is. He's a pretty good entertainer too. He's a good person. His family - great people, too.”
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