Though he sang “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch during the final game of last year’s World Series, David Nail will actually be taking the field in Kansas City as part of the action at the Taco Bell All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 8. Played at Kauffman Stadium, the Grammy-nominated vocalist will join Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Ozzie Smith and Mike Piazza as well Emmy-winning “Family Man” star Eric Stonestreet, “Golden Globe” winner Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Chord Overstreet from “Glee” and Kansas City Royals favorites George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney.
David Nail’s ferocious athleticism saw him tear a tendon in his hand at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during CMA Music Fest. Ramping up the competitive nature of the day, US National Soccer Team captain Carlos Bocanegra, US Softball Gold Medalist Jennie Finch and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel are among the athletes playing in the Legends/Celebrities game.
“Those guys don’t mess around,” Nail says of his fellow players. “They get on the field to play hard – and they do. I know I’m honored to get out there with those folks and play softball… because they’re not joking around, and that’s the best kind of game.”
For fans who can’t watch the game live in Kansas City, ESPN will broadcast the Legends/Celeb Softball Game immediately after the Home Run Derby Monday, July 9. In a special double header, the Derby starts at 8 pm Eastern; the Softball Game is slated for approximately 10:30. It’s also available through ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile and the Watch ESPN app.
“What makes this even better for me,” says the man who played in this game two years ago in Anaheim, “is it’s being played in my home state of Missouri. It’s like coming home, playing major league ball – which was a dream of mine – and still getting to make my music. It’s everything I love about who I am and where I’m from.”
If he plays as hard as he sings, the Legends are in pretty good shape. The Washington Post declared, “David Nail’s robust tenor is the most limber and soulful this side of Ronnie Dunn,” The Los Angeles Times offered, “Songs that chip away at loss, regrets, missteps and other human failings, Nail seems eager to take on real life” and MSN.com opined, “This Missouri native’s voice is imbued with a lot of casual assurance, reminiscent of blue-eyed soul purveyors like Tony Joe White.”
For more information about the game, go to www.allstargame.com.