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Tim McGraw, the son of MLB great Tug McGraw, is looking ahead to Major League Baseball’s opening day on Thursday (3/30). While doing interviews for his new song “Standing Room Only,” Tim talked about his fave sport and what he likes to eat when he goes to the ballpark.

McGraw said his favorite ballpark food that may surprise some as he is a health food guy. “Oh, I gotta have a hot dog, or two or three. Yeah, I love hot dogs, especially a good chili dog, if I can find it.”

Tim’s dad Tug, who passed away in 2004, played the first half of his MLB pitching career with the New York Mets and the second half of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies. In November, McGraw attended Game 3 of the World Series and wore his father’s jersey (No. 45) to the game. That’s the jersey that Tug wore for the Phillies from 1975-84.

Tim was spotted wearing the famous jersey on the big screen at Citizens Bank Park. It was a good night for Philadelphia: the Phillies won 7-0. The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series.

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McGraw recently unveiled his brand new single “Standing Room Only.” The new song is the title track from McGraw’s forthcoming 17th studio album, due later this year on Big Machine Records.

Tim said of the new song in a statement, “‘Standing Room Only’ caught my ear the first time I heard it because of its message. For me, this song is so positive and life-affirming. It isn’t about the funeral or the procession; it’s about how we live in the here and now. How do we push ourselves, and in which direction do we push ourselves?”

He added, “For me, it’s a reminder to live a life filled with gratitude and not take things for granted. Also, it’s a reminder to give back and be there for others.”

“Standing Room Only” was written by Craig Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying,” “Cowboy in Me,” “Where the Green Grass Grows”), Tommy Cecil & Patrick Murphy and produced by Byron Gallimore & McGraw.

Five Country Superstars Who Go By Their Middle Names

  • Kenneth Eric Church

    Eric Church

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    Can you image Kenny Church? Eric, born in n Granite Falls, North Carolina, was named after his father, Ken. Church worked with his dad at Clayton Marcus, a furniture upholstery company where his father was president.

  • Thomas Luther Bryan

    Luke Bryan

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    Luke was named after his father, Tommy, who was a peanut farmer in Leesburg, Georgia.

  • Troyal Garth Brooks


    Garth Brooks

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    Garth was named for his father, Troyal Raymond Brooks Jr. He is the elder Troyal’s youngest child. His mother, Colleen McElroy Carroll (who passed away in 1999), was a 1950s-era country singer who recorded on Capitol Records, the same label that Garth recorded on.

  • Frederick Dierks Bentley


    Dierks Bentley

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    Dierks has used his middle name publically since his music career began. The name Dierks is his maternal great-grandmother’s surname. His parents’ names are Leon Fife Bentley (who passed away in 2012) and Catherine Childs.

  • Samuel Timothy Smith


    Tim McGraw

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    Tim McGraw was not born as a McGraw, and Timothy was his middle name. He changed his last name at age 11 when he learned the identity of his real father, major league baseball pitcher “Tug” McGraw, who passed away in 2004.

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