David Nail to play in celebrity softball game
July, 8, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
During last year's World Series, Grammy-nominated country singer David Nail sang "Gold Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch between his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.
Tonight, Nail, who was born in Kennett, Mo., is on a baseball field again -- this time as a player in the All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game in Kansas City. Nail will join Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers and Ozzie Smith as well as Mike Piazza and Kansas City Royals favorites George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney.
"It's going to be competitive. It's hard to just go out there and simply run around and have fun," said Nail, who has been performing music since 2002 and hit No. 1 with "Let It Rain" in January. "Somehow the competitive streak rears it's ugly head and I'll think I'm 18 again instead of 33."
Just a few months ago, Nail -- who played high school baseball -- took part in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during Country Music Association Music Fest and tore a tendon in his hand.
"I try to stay in shape while I'm on the road touring. I'm not a pro athlete by any stretch, but I do have a little athleticism," Nail said. "I just don't want to embarrass myself."
ESPN will broadcast the softball game immediately after the Home Run Derby on Monday at 8 p.m. The events also are available through ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile and the WatchESPN app.
In the 2010 All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Nail hit a home run over the right-field fence in Angel Stadium.
Since he's on his home turf tonight, will he repeat?
"I hope I didn't jinx myself," he said, "by talking about my athleticism!"