Monday, May 7, 2012

Scotty added to City of Hope Softball game roster

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah 
Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred.

Emcee: Storme Warren
Check back often for continuous updates on the 2012 AfterMidnite and Grand Ole Opry players roster. 

Get yourself to Nashville on Saturday, June 9, 2012 during the CMA Music Festival! 

Join thousands of Country music fans to help City of Hope STRIKE OUT CANCER!

Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster.

The 2011 game raised nearly $200,000 with more than 5,000 attendees. Over the years, the Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised nearly $2 million dollars benefitting City of Hope’s life-saving mission – finding cures and better treatments for cancer and a host of other devastating diseases.

Interview, Sports American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Sets Career High For Single-Game Strikeouts

Obviously inspired by my interview with him coming out in that week's issue of ESPN The Magazine, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery Friday night struck out a career-high eight batters in his Senior Night start for Garner Magnet High School against Southeast Raleigh. I already rambled about Scotty in a previous blog post, and I swear, I'm not just going on about the kid because he's famous. I really love the fact that he's made time to play baseball this year. He's never going to get to do it again. I mean, yeah, he'll probably get to throw around some if he wants, but he'll never play on an organized team after this season's over. He recognized that, and forced it into his schedule. That's love of the game, man. Some weekends he's touring with the biggest names in country music—heck, he's becoming one of the biggest names in country music—but for a few months, he's also just been a kid on a ballclub, out there raking dirt, tamping the mound, wearing the exact same uniform as a dozen other guys, just being a kid. There's something just impossibly romantic about that to me. This country music star, clinging to his youth in the form of a kid's game. I know, sorry, I'm getting way too saccharine right now. Sue me. I just thought it was awesome, and sometimes that makes me ramble. Let's flip this. Turn it on you. What would you do if you could McCreery yourself? What I mean is, what's something from your youth you'd do more of if you could? If you can't, why not? And if you can—why ain'tcha? Go.