Scotty McCreery has embarked on a six-city Major League Baseball ballpark tour in support of youth baseball. By the tour’s end this year, Scotty will have donated $50,000 to youth baseball programs, including Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.
“I learned some of my greatest lessons playing sports and being a team member,” Scotty said. “Sports teach you so many life lessons about self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, setting goals, and being fit. It’s awesome that Major League Baseball provides opportunities for kids who might not have a chance to play baseball and softball elsewhere. I’m proud to provide assistance to this program.”
Scotty’s baseball park tour began on Thursday, August 29 at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays where he presented a personal $5,000 check to a Tampa youth baseball organization before the game. He also threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
At each game, Scotty will invite local radio winners to be his guest as he throws out the first pitch; provides CDs for lucky-row giveaways; sings as part of the seventh-inning stretch; serves a guest broadcaster; and participates in other activities that day. Fans can follow Scotty at every game on Twitter at @scottymccreery.
Baseball has played an important role in Scotty’s life. He started pitching at an early age, following in his father’s footsteps, who was also a pitcher. Scotty pitched throughout high school, balancing playing at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina while also touring with Brad Paisley throughout his senior year.
Scotty will release his new album, See You Tonight, on October 15. Although he’s already toured one ballpark (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on August 29), you can still catch him at these remaining dates:
Sunday, Sept. 8: San Diego Padres v. Colorado Rockies, at PETCO Park, San Diego
Thursday, Sept. 12: Philadelphia Phillies v. San Diego Padres, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Sunday, Sept. 15: Chicago White Sox v. Cleveland Indians, at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Sunday, Sept. 22: Washington Nationals v. Miami Marlins, at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Friday, Sept. 27: Atlanta Braves v. Philadelphia Phillies, at Turner Field/State Mutual Stadium, Atlanta