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Country singer Garth Brooks, a huge baseball fan, was signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor league contract on February 12, 1999 and invited to spring training. The corner infielder/corner outfielder went 1-22, an average of .045 and was used mostly as a pinch hitter and left fielder. His lone hit was a pinch-hit second inning single off Mike Sirotka on March 21. Upon arriving at first base, he was greeted by a hug from White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas. He wore uniform number 77.

Brooks had previously taken batting practice with the Seattle Mariners in 1998 while in town for a series of concerts. He also was in spring training with the New York Mets in 2000 (0-17, four walks) and the Kansas City Royals in 2004. With the Royals, he had at least one hit, a March 10 infield single off the Mariners Mike Myers. I was even more surprised than the pitcher, Brooks recounted.

Brooks played baseball in high school and earned a track and field scholarship to Oklahoma State University; his event was the javelin.

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