Country music and baseball go hand-in-hand. Both act as American favorites and staples and both are steadfast and true.
Many country music stars have baseball pasts and since it’s summer, why not field a country music all-star baseball team?
All-Star Country Music Baseball Lineup:
1B // Tyler Farr
Farr is just a good ‘ole country boy with some meat on his bones. While you shouldn’t expect him to get a double off a shallow-hit ball, you can bet he’ll hit some balls out of the park.
2B // Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt was a quarterback in college, so you know he has an arm. Being small, but pretty quick, Hunt could easily turn two in a double-play situation. And look at that swing…
3B // Billy Ray Cyrus
Actually known in his hometown as someone who could hit a baseball, Cyrus had a scholarship to play baseball at Georgetown College in Kentucky. But, he gave up those dreams after starting a band in college.
SS // Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney played ball in high school and continued to play at East Tennessee State, but then decided he didn’t have enough time to play baseball and start his career. Chesney is perfect for the shortstop position because he’s quick and agile.
LF // Toby Keith
Quite the athlete– playing football at Louisiana Tech, Toby Keith wouldn’t be bad in left field. The only thing that might be a bit troublesome is his age: we wouldn’t want him to hurt something going after a fly ball. There is no doubt that Keith could drill some balls into the outfield though.
CF // Eric Church
Eric Church played football, baseball, basketball and golf in high school. Center fielders have to be able to go get long fly balls and Church is the perfect guy in this lineup to make that diving catch. He can probably hit well too.
RF // Jason Aldean
The only reason Aldean is in the outfield is because he could probably gun down a runner at third base with his strong arm. Aldean, who had multiple college baseball scholarships, turned them down to begin his music career. He was also an all-district lead-off hitter in high school.
C // David Nail
This isn’t the obvious choice, however, Nail received a baseball scholarship from Aquinas College in Nashville as a catcher. With his agile nature on stage, Nail can pop up quickly and throw a runner out at second base.
P // Brian Kelley
Brian Kelley has an arm. Given the fact that he received a baseball scholarship from Florida State before transferring to Belmont, Kelley is no-doubt a starter on the mound. Before meeting Tyler Hubbard and creating Florida Georgia Line, he went 7-1 as a starter in high school with a 2.26 ERA and 76 strikeouts.
Manager// Garth Brooks
Brooks has baseball experience and tried out for multiple professional baseball teams. It’s hard to believe now, but Brooks actually attended Oklahoma State on a track scholarship as well. With experience and his cool composure, Brooks is perfect for this role.
Team Owner // Charley Pride
A pitcher for the various farm teams in the Negro American League in the 1950s, Pride has a long history with baseball. After returning from a 2-year stint in the army, Pride tried out for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets but was unsuccessful. In 2010, he became a minority owner for the Texas Rangers.