banner
Entertainment

Garner baseball team sees benefit of 'Idol' connection

Posted April 7, 2011
Updated April 8, 2011

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Members of the Garner Magnet High School Trojan baseball team are becoming famous because of their connection to an "American Idol" star. 

Scotty McCreery, 17, is a member of the team, which is known as the "Blue Crew" because of the team's colors. 

McCreery's teammate Kyle Wiggins said the group is becoming  "minor celebrities, almost." 

Wiggins and other members of the Blue Crew were autographing photos of themselves with McCreery at the Garner Business Expo on Thursday. 

"It's really surreal," teammate Brett Bailey said of being asked for his autograph. 

Some members of the Blue Crew even traveled to Los Angeles to see their friend perform on the popular Fox show. The camera panned to them during the performance. 

"It seemed like the camera was really, really close to our face," Wiggins said. 

The attention has also translated to jersey sales. There has been an increased demand for the team's jersey in female sizes, Garner baseball Coach Bobby Hoffman said. 

Hoffman said the team is handling the attention very well. 

"It has been a good experience," he said. 

Pia talks about 'Idol' elimination Pia talks about 'Idol' elimination

McCreery advanced Thursday night to the top 8 in this season's singing contest with a performance of  "That's Alright Mama" by Elvis Presley. 

McCreery's "Idol" journey began last year when he auditioned in Milwaukee singing Josh Turner's "Your Man" and Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country."

46 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • GTrojans2011 Apr 12, 2011

    I don't want to be that guy that posts on here about something stupid, but everyone around Garner High Schools gotten really bitter about the fact that the publics making the Blue Crew out like they're just the members of the baseball team. I just wanted to let yall know that it's actually the high schools student section for athletic events. We've all screamed our heads off this entire school year for many teams and it feels unfair that only a handful of guys are getting tons of exposure for what really was a HUGE group of students who were loyal to their school and their community. Scotty and I have been good friends for a long time and I love him with all my heart, but if y'all think he was giving a shout out to just a handful of people, you're sadly mistaken. He loves everyone in our school and our student section and he meant to give a shout out to ALL of us on television not just the baseball team. So the next time anybody wants to do a news article on the REAL "Blue Crew", get y

  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 8, 2011

    "This may be a great kid, however, that does not mean that he has talent; far from it" 3 judges, who are in the music biz say he does have talent. Somebody from the peanut gallery says he does not. Hmmm. Wonder who we should believe...? Sad that people feel the need to bash a 17 yr old kid following his dream.

  • rayrayjay17 Apr 8, 2011

    Scotty!!! Here's what you need to do!! keep on the same track as you are now!! Don't trust these so-called experts in music land. Be yourself, have fun'- enjoy the moment!! This is a once in a lifetime experience! Nobody can ever take this away from you!! Believe in yourself and your family!! Good Luck!!
    PS# After Idol is over; hook up with Lauren-- She reminds us of our grandaughter!! You would make a VERY CUTE couple!!! So there you go!! Do it!!!!!

  • IAMAmerican Apr 8, 2011

    gallbury
    April 8, 2011 2:04 p.m.
    Ignore Report abuse

    We have a new judge on site!!!! LOL Scotty is very talented and he will be bigger than life when he hits the country scene/business!!!!

  • IAMAmerican Apr 8, 2011

    GT Football - I didn't say he wasn't nice, and don't think I made any snide remarks. Just stating facts. It happens every year with this show. Talent goes out the window and it turns into a popularity contest.
    gopack54

    ...........if this is true, why don't you use the remote to change the channel, don't watch it.

  • gallbury Apr 8, 2011

    This may be a great kid, however, that does not mean that he has talent; far from it. The fact is, twenty years ago if you had taken someone who did a cheap imitation of another performer (in this case, Josh Turner)and rolled through the goofy antics that this kid does while doing that imitation, his act would have been considered "very bad comedy." His rendition of a Beatle song was terrible, and his impersonation of Elvis was down right ridiculous. Having said that, he will probably win "American Idle" because this contest is obviously not about talent; it's about popularity.

  • IAMAmerican Apr 8, 2011

    I voted for him early on but, frankly, I've become bored with him. He hasn't stretched himself (e.g., Crudup's "That's Alright Mama").

    Pia eclipses him and many of the others. She would have been a much more lucrative asset to Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment.
    JohnnyMcRonny

    Bet you don't even vote...........most men don't! If you do, it really won't matter any way. I was completely bored with Pia, every song sounded the same and she stood like she was in a Miss America Pagent! Go Scotty!

  • SlickSnot Apr 8, 2011

    Don't most country singer just stand there and sing? Not many jump around on stage like a rock concert. Plus he need a personality.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Apr 8, 2011

    "I'm hoping all of us from NC will support Scotty" - junefail2

    Why? If you mean wish him the best, then yes. If you mean blindly vote for mean, absolutely not.

    I voted for him early on but, frankly, I've become bored with him. He hasn't stretched himself (e.g., Crudup's "That's Alright Mama").

    Pia eclipses him and many of the others. She would have been a much more lucrative asset to Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment.

  • ConcernedNC12 Apr 8, 2011

    Don't hate on Scotty - lord knows most of us couldn't do what he is doing He's doing a great job. Garner didn't pick him for the top 24 - the idol judges did. Given that, he is where he should be at this time. Good luck to him! I'm sure that wherever someone hails from - they will vote for their home town girl/boy no matter how they are doing. Honestly, while Pia had a nice voice, she was a little boring just standing there on the stage each week and not moving around at all or changing things up like they asked her to do. It's not a pageant - you can't just stand there and look good every week. Beautiful girl, great voice - someone will probably pick her up and sign her and work with her on performance skills to go along with the rest of the package. Best wishes to her!

More...