by Lisa Stewart, Cincinnati Sports Examiner
Usually when it is Saturday night and a member of the Cincinnati Reds is on a stage singing, the obvious assumption is that it is pitcher Bronson Arroyo. However last night, Jan. 12, it was Jay Bruce who stole the spotlight.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce joined country music legend Garth Brooks in a duet of Brooks’ well known classic, “Friends in Low Places.” This debut performance of the duo took place at the Grand Ole Opry as part of a Teammates for Kids benefit.
Teammates for Kids is an organization founded by Garth Brooks and Bo Mitchell; former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman listed as the current co-founder. The organization raises money for kids facing a variety of life challenges.
Teammates for Kids was started in 1999 with 67 major league baseball players on board, and has expanded to include more than 3,000 professional athletes from not only baseball but also hockey, football, basketball, soccer, racing, golf and even pro rodeo!
Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of Teammates for Kids is that 100% of the money donated goes to kids. The focus of Teammates for Kids is helping children in the areas of health, education and inner-city outreach.
Now if only someone had a video of that Jay Bruce/Garth Brooks duet, Cincinnati Reds fans would no doubt love to have a gander!