D-backs host Cards' top pick, country duo

D-backs host Cards' top pick, country duo

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hosted a few special guests before the club's game against the Rockies on Friday, as country music duo Florida Georgia Line and Arizona Cardinals 2013 first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper stopped by Chase Field to mingle with the players.

Cooper, an offensive guard from North Carolina whom the Cardinals selected seventh overall on Thursday, threw out the ceremonial first pitch wearing a custom D-backs jersey made in his name.

"I just wanted to get it there," Cooper said of the pitch, which Patrick Corbin caught on the outside corner.

Coincidentally enough, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, a two-sport athlete at Michigan State, was also drafted by the Cardinals way back in the seventh round of the 1979 draft.

Earlier on Friday, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line took batting practice and shagged balls in the outfield with the D-backs before taking off for their concert in Mesa.

Big-time country music fans Wade Miley, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each had the band autograph a guitar for them while hanging out in the clubhouse before BP. Cliff Pennington, another fan of the duo, chose his walk-up song at the start of the season to be the band's No. 1 hit "Cruise."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.