Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2000 Garth Brooks signed a contract to join the New York Mets during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida?

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It’s true!  The Mets would contribute to his Touch 'Em All Foundation for kids.  Check out the video of Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood singing together.

Here are 5 things you might not have known about Garth Brooks.

  • Garth's first name is Troyal (Garth is his middle name), the same first name as his father's.
  • Garth was working as a bouncer at the Tumbleweed Ballroom, in Stillwater, Okla., when he met Sandy Mahl, who would eventually become his first wife and mother to his three daughters. He was breaking up a fight that had erupted between Sandy and another woman in the ladies' room.
  • Garth and his first wife, Sandy, announced plans to divorce in 2000 and did so in 2001. Garth married Trisha Yearwood in December 2005.
  • In 2000, Garth attempted to donate part of his liver for a transplant for ailing Chris LeDoux but he was deemed incompatible. Chris died of complications from liver cancer in 2005.
  • Garth, who earned a bachelor's degree in advertising in 1985, earned his Master's in business administration from Oklahoma State in 2011. He attended the ceremony and donned a cap and gown.