Three Strikes For Garth

In addition to suffering from a bit of throwing-shoulder tendinitis, Garth Brooks recently struck out during his first and only intra-squad at bat. After apologizing to San Diego Padres teammates, Brooks explained, “The guy on first has to be moved over and it was my job to do it.” Brooks continues to score big in the politeness field of baseball, however. “For those of us used to the regular rude boys of baseball, it was stunning,” reported the San Jose Mercury News. During his second week of spring training with the Padres, Brooks was hit in the side with a bulleting ball while he was fielding grounders. A local paper quoted a player saying “It could have killed him if it had hit him in the head.” Brooks, however, was checked out by a doctor and wasn’t seriously injured. He continued to practice and even signed autographs for fans afterwards for almost 90 minutes. Brooks isn’t being paid for his professional baseball efforts but instead giving the money to a select children’s charity.