Saturday, June 23, 2012

'Idol' McCreery, Lookouts fall short


By David Uchiyama
 Scotty McCreery popped the rosin bag off the back of his hand, stepped to the top of the mound at AT&T Field and wiped the rubber with his sneakers.
He looked like he had been on a mound before.
He faked shaking off the catcher twice and then rifled the ceremonial first pitch into the dirt before the Lookouts' 4-2 loss to Pensacola on Friday.
"Tonight, I was nervous as all get out," said McCreery, winner of the 2011 "American Idol" season. "Everybody I talked to said, 'Don't throw it in the dirt.' But I did."
McCreery pitched for the Garner Magnet High School (N.C.) team this past season after taking his junior year off to compete on "Idol." There's a YouTube video of a grounder bouncing up and glancing off his million-dollar throat.
"My dad pitched in college so he was like my pitching coach and he taught me all his stuff," said McCreery, whose debut album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list. "It worked out decent, I guess."
McCreery's playing days are over except for an occasional celebrity softball game or a chance to throw out a first pitch.
"I'll always be around baseball and I love doing things like this where I can entertain fans and enjoy the game," said McCreery, who has a love for all Boston area sports teams including the Red Sox. "Country music and baseball go hand-in-hand."
McCreery spent most of Friday playing golf at The Honors Course. He said he shot in the 90s.
"That's a beautiful course and I hit some good shots," McCreery said after leading a sellout crowd of 6,372 in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." "The next time I go, I'm putting a fishing pole in the bag because they've got some big ones in there."
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http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jun/23/idol-mccreery-lookouts-fall-short/

8 comments:

  1. That's funny ...too cute.It's A-OK to throw a grounder every now,and then.. your still awesome.

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  2. Borrowing a line from your friends TBP, is that what "eatin crow" is all about?! Here's
    thumbs up to a good sport, but some advice....don't quit your day job!! hahaha <3 <3

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  3. Remember his coach said when he went for Idol they then knew he wasn't a baseball player who liked to sing, but just the opposite. He definitely is a singer who likes to play ball. And aren't we all glad of that???

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    1. YESSS!!!...And such a GOOD SPORT!!..Better luck next time Scotty!!

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    2. It was a fluke, Scotty! You are a great baseball pitcher, we know that and your ability to pitch a ball close to 80mph is right on target for your age and had you continued on, maybe with your dedication, become a star pitcher with the big leagues! Anyway, glad you've chosen singing cause your awesome!

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    3. HE IS THE BEST SINGER THAT I KNOW.I'M GLAD THAT HE CHOSE SINGING OVER BASEBALL.AND THAT HE GETS TO PLAY IN CITY OF HOPE SOFTBALL GAME DOING FAN FAIR.CAUSE HE IS MAKING ALL OF US PROUD OF HIS SINGING.I'M GOING TO BE YOUR #1 FAN 4-EVER.AS LONG AS YOU KEEP SINGING FOREVER.FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.I LOVE YOU THIS BIG.

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  4. As much as we think he is near perfect, Scotty himself admits he wasn't good enough to play Major League Baseball. 4:50's comments weren't to say he wasn't good. That is what his coach says and Scotty agrees.

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