Country Music 411

Garth Brooks Baseball Career That Wasn't

Not quite everything Garth Brooks touches turns to gold. It was twenty-three years ago this week, the singer wrapped up spring training with the New York Mets, without securing a spot on the team.  After growing his country music career to superstar level, Garth first signed with the San Diego Padres for spring training, in both 1998 and 1999. When the Padres didn't offer him a contract, Brooks switched to the New York Mets in 2000.  The Mets dropped him from their roster after his zero-for-17 batting record during Spring Training that year. Never a quitter, Brooks tried one more time in 04, with the Kansas City Royals, without securing a spot on the team. He actually used that time to build and promote his Teamates for Kids Foundation which more than 3000 pro athletes have signed onto, donating millions to children's charities since 1999.