Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Scotty McCreery to perform at San Diego County Fair in Del Mar

Performers announced for 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar
By Joe Tash

American Idol winner and country music sensation Scotty McCreery, classic pop singer Kenny Loggins, comedian Jeff Dunham and Latin crooner Joan Sebastian are among the acts that will take the grandstand stage during this summer’s San Diego County Fair.

Fairgrounds officials said the list of performers approved Tuesday was partial, and that additional contracts will be brought to the board at its meeting next month. The 2012 San Diego County Fair runs from Friday, June 8, through Wednesday, July 4. The fair will be closed on Mondays, except for July 2.

Many of the concerts are free with fair admission, and tickets for those that require an additional charge will go on sale this Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the fairgrounds box office. More information can be found at www.sdfair.com.

A fair staffer announced that McCreery, last year’s American Idol winner, will also be performing, although his contract had not been finalized and was not on the board’s agenda for approval. McCreery made history in October, when his debut album, “Clear as Day,” entered the Billboard charts at No. 1. He was the first country and western performer, and the youngest, at age 18, to debut in the top spot.

Link to listen to Scotty McCreery and the GMHS Trojans baseball game


From Ballads to Baseballs: "Idol" Winner Back on the Mound

Yardbarker is a sports rumors and opinions blog. Right now on their front page is this blog about Scotty. Make sure to check out the link to the blog the author wrote last year about Scotty when he was in the top 60. (And for those who don't know, Bryce Harper finished high school early in order to enter the MLB draft where he was drafted 1st.)

Last year at this time, I suggested that high school pitcher Scotty McCreery from Garner, North Carolina could be "bigger than Bryce Harper".

And you know what, after winning American Idol, touring with Brad Paisley and grabbing the American Country Awards' New Artist trophy...he might be so far.

But here's the best part...he's back on the bump, baby!

This past weekend, the now-high school senior took to the mound for the Garner Trojans and pitched a scoreless, no-hit seventh inning...and even struck out two!

"It feels good just to come out here and just get back on the field," McCreery told the News & Observer. "I thought my curveball worked well. But today was just about the team. I'm glad to help out the team in any way possible."

And even though he was watched by close to 30 million viewers during last May's finale of "American Idol", the 18-year-old crooner apparently hasn't let the fame get to his head...dude lent his help to cleaning up the field following the game.

"It means a lot to still be a part of this," McCreery said. "It's still playing with my friends, just being back home. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."

Next for McCreery? My guess would be graduation, but if you're looking to scratch that itch...check out his website for tour information.


American Idol Scotty McCreery sparkles in long-awaited varsity pitching debut

In spring 2011, Scotty McCreery became the most famous high school junior varsity baseball pitcher in America. While McCreery was scheduled to take a spot in the Garner (N.C.) High varsity bullpen, the teen had never played in a varsity game and was looking forward to making an impact during his junior season. At the same time, McCreery happened to make a splash during an "American Idol" audition. As the tryouts wore on and McCreery kept advancing, he eventually had to step back and sit out the entire 2011 baseball season as he chased his signing dream (even if he was credited with a save that he never actually earned). Clearly that was a good call, as it's made McCreery one heck of a trivia answer: He is now likely the only baseball player who performed at a World Series game (albeit with a microphone rather than a bat or glove) before he did so in a varsity high school game. True to his word, McCreery is back at Garner High to finish off his high school education … and he's now officially back pitching for the Trojans. According to the News & Oberserver, McCreery made his long-awaited varsity debut out of the bullpen on Saturday, and the results were almost as good as the teen's now famous country croon. In a single inning of work, McCreery recorded two strikeouts and allowed no base hits or walks. He eventually needed four outs to retire the side because his catcher dropped the third strike against one of the batters the senior faced, but that was no problem either, leaving him with a final line of 1 IP, 2 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, and, of course, a nice tidy ERA of 0.00. Not bad work, thanks to the singer's dominant curveball keeping hitters off balance throughout the lone inning he pitched. "It feels good just to come out here and just get back on the field," McCreery told the News & Observer. "I thought my curveball worked well. But today was just about the team. I'm glad to help out the team in any way possible." McCreery's performance in the top of the seventh inning was the highlight of a tough 8-7 Garner loss at the hands of Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) High, one of the state's top teams. Perhaps most impressive was the singing sensation's complete willingness to fit back in with his teammates seamlessly. According to the News & Observer, McCreery took a full role raking the dirt around home plate and the pitcher's mound after the game. "It means a lot to still be a part of this," McCreery said. "It's still playing with my friends, just being back home. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."

Given all of the other opportunities McCreery has, that says something about his dedication to the sport he fell in love with growing up. He may not have as bright a future in baseball as he does on the stage, but Garner's favorite son is likely to look back fondly on his days as a Trojans pitcher regardless.


Is Scotty McCreery one of 96.9's 2012 Country Cuties?

It's that time of year again. These Country Cuties are going head to head in a winner take all showdown! You know them, you love them, and now is your chance to propel your favorites into the next round. It will come down to one girl and one guy in the finals. Whose fans will make them the County Cuties 2012 Champion?

Scotty is up against Eric Church in this round

click on the link below to vote

Round I: Mon, March 12 - Mon, March 19 at 9am
Round II: Mon, March 19 - Fri, March 23 at 9am
Round III: Fri, March 23 - Tues, March 27 at 9am
Round of 8: Tues, March 27 - Fri, March 30 at 9am
Semifinals: Fri, March 30 - Mon, April 2 at 9am
Championship Round: Mon, April 2 until 11:59pm

Winner Crowned: April 3

Flashback: Blue Crew videos from finale night

Check out these videos tweeted by Scotty tonight. Although finale night was nearly a year ago (crazy!) these videos still great to watch.

Scotty McCreery ‏ @ScottyMcCreery Close
yall go check out my boy @whodontknowtavo's video of him and @OhSoDreaded at the RBC center Finale night! #crazy #funny

Scotty McCreery ‏ @ScottyMcCreery
They both play football for Garner and were siting w/ the blue crew that night!

Scotty McCreery ‏ @ScottyMcCreery
“@ctimberlake: @ScottyMcCreery this was that same night yfrog.us/0jcfhtz” >> that is crazyyy! wish i coulda been 2 places at once, hahah

Ashley ‏ @fluttterbyyy26
@ScottyMcCreery I dunnooo, I think you were enjoying where you were just fine(:
Scotty McCreery ‏ @ScottyMcCreery
@fluttterbyyy26 yeahhh, you're right! Haha