Scotty McCreery will be part of this week's CMA Music Festival festivities in Nashville. This annual event is all about the fans, and Scotty says there are no better ones than his.
The former American Idol winner tells us his fans are so enthusiastic that they have gone the extra mile -- or miles, in this case -- to show Scotty how much they love him. ["My fans have been known to be extreme. I played baseball -- finished out my senior year in high school -- and I had fans drive from Ohio, fans drive from Maine, fans drive from Florida, Michigan . . . They came from all over just to come see me pitch a baseball game and there wasn't even a guarantee that I'd be pitching, but if I ever knew there was a fan that'd driven that far I'd kind of talk to my coach (and say), 'Hey, if it's alright can I get an inning at least,' or something like that just to kind of be good to them for driving that far, but I had a fan drive from New Jersey on Christmas. That was what she asked her dad for Christmas was her gift to just go to Garner, North Carolina, see where Scotty grew up, see where his house was, his church was, all that stuff. That was a little weird. I'm not gonna say it wasn't. It was a little weird, but . . . It's a little weird when they come to the house. That's probably discouraged, but they're good to us, you know?"] SOUNDCUE (:49 OC: . . . us, you know?)
Scotty will be a presenter at the CMT Music Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena tonight (Wednesday, June 5th).
He will also partcipate in the 23rd annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge at Greer Stadium in Nashville on Saturday (June 8th). Other celebs stepping up to the bat to raise money for cancer research include Florida Georgia Line, American Idol runner-up Kree Harrison, Nashville star Jonathan Jackson, Craig Campbell, Lauren Alaina and Phil Vassar.