Garth Brooks opens up about Roberto Clemente inspiring his love for baseball

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Country music legend Garth Brooks spent time in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Tuesday, he shared a story about Roberto Clemente and when his connection with the franchise began.

Brooks opened up, telling a moving story about being a young child when Pirates legend Roberto Clemente died on New Year’s Eve in 1972 in a plane crash while attempting to bring aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

That’s a great story. While Clemente’s life was cut short, this shows what a tremendous impact he made in life and continues to make more than 46 years after his untimely passing. Brooks can only be commended for maintaining his commitment.

Brooks was taking part in spring training as a way to promote Teammates for kids, which is in its 20th year.