KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will be joined at Spring Training this year by a guy who truly knows what it's like to deliver the big hit.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Garth Brooks will be in Surprise, Ariz., with the Royals as a non-roster invitee in order to develop awareness for Teammates for Kids. Brooks, 42, will be making a fourth appearance in Spring Training after working with the Padres in 1998-1999 and with the Mets in 2000.
"Garth Brooks and the Teammates for Kids have been good friends and partners of the Kansas City Royals for a number of years," said Royals president Dan Glass. "We strongly believe in the work Touchem All Foundation is doing. When the opportunity arose, we thought it would be great to bring Garth to Spring Training and further develop awareness for the foundation."
Brooks' involvement in the project dates back to 1999 when the country music star started the Teammates for Kids Foundation with the help of 67 Major League Baseball players to raise money for children's charities around the world. Today, there are more than 450 professional baseball, hockey and football players participating in Touchem All (the baseball division), Top Shelf (the hockey division) and Touchdown Teammates (the football division).
Touchem All, Top Shelf and Touchdown enlist the participation of pro athletes who contribute a pre-determined sum based on their on-field/on-ice performance. In the last five years, their contributions have generated over $37 million for kids in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and 41 countries around the world.
National and local business sponsors, other foundations and individual donors are invited to become Teammates with the foundation, to collectively triple each player's monetary donation. One hundred percent of all player and matching contributions are restricted and designated for the specific purpose of distribution to existing children's charities unless otherwise specified by the donor. Fans wanting more information can visit www.teammates4kids.com.
Brooks, the fastest-selling album artist in Recording Industry Association of America history, played in 15 Spring Training games with the Padres in 1999.
It remains to be seen how well Brooks, a former javelin thrower at Oklahoma State, will hit or field in a Kansas City uniform. But one thing is certain: With Brooks headed for their Spring Training camp, the Royals have definitely increased their star power.
April 29, 2002 - Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been
friends for years and recorded several songs together including, "Squeeze Me In" on Garth's last album. Now after months of rumors, the pair has gone public with their romance. The couple arrived hand-in-hand at this
weekend's celebration of Army Archerd's first fifty years at Variety. Recently, they have been seen at several restaurants and events, but this was the first time that Brooks and Yearwood confirmed their relationship.
(10/29/01, 7 a.m. ET) -- Garth Brooks and actor Anthony Zerbe (Cool Hand Luke, Papillon, Matrix II & III) will team up to present two special performances of Lime Creek Christmas. The first show will take place on December 8 in Sheridan, Wyoming (WYO Theater), followed by a performance in Nashville (BellSouth Acuff Theater) on December 9. Brooks will provide the musical setting, offering acoustic performances of Christmas songs and other appropriate music throughout Zerbe's dramatic performance.
Lime Creek Christmas--which was derived from lyricist/author Joe Henry's novel-in-progress, Lime Creek--was first performed by Brooks and Zerbe at the WYO Theater in Sheridan 10 years ago. "Whenever you get to work with quality people like Anthony, doing a quality piece written by Joe, you should jump at the chance," said Brooks. "Christmas is everything to me, and this show captures the spirit of Christmas beautifully. I'm proud to be a part of this 10th anniversary performance."
Tickets for the Sheridan show go on sale November 10 through the WYO Theater box office, while tickets to the Nashville show are available November 5 at the Grand Ole Opry Plaza box office and the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $20, with a six-ticket limit. Proceeds from the performance will benefit Gilda's Club Nashville and the Opry Trust Fund.
Margy Holland, Nashville
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - It's never too early to plan for Christmas 2001. Garth Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg are teaming up for ``Call Me Claus,'' a two-hour Yuletide musical set to air on cable's TNT in December.
Goldberg will star as a home shopping network producer who hires an actor to play Santa Claus, but the thespian actually turns out to be Santa himself. Nigel Hawthorne, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Victor Garber will co-star.
Brooks is expected to contribute music for the project, and he may bring Goldberg into the recording studio for the project as well, he said Tuesday via satellite during TNT's presentation at the Television Critics Assn. tour in Pasadena, where the project was announced. Brooks will likely not appear onscreen in the picture, he added. He and Goldberg will executive produce.
In an unconventional arrangement, Columbia TriStar Television will release the home video of the picture nine
days after the TNT premiere.
Be sure to pick your copy of the Call Me Claus soundtrack and cd single here