In 2008, months after brooks played a series of nine sold-out concerts at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Royals baseball team started a tradition of playing this song during the sixth inning of every home game. After a few years, it frayed on some fans, and in 2014 was replaced with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'
," chosen in an online vote.
Brooks worked out with the Royals at spring training in 2004 and made contributions to youth baseball initiatives in the area. In 2017, five players from the team joined Brooks on stage to sing "Friends In Low Places" when he played another show at the Sprint Center.