David Nail Tries Out for the Cardinals, Joe Nichols to Follow?
David Nail got to live a childhood dream this spring when he tried out for his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. The singer grew up three hours south of St. Louis in Kennett, Mo., religiously cheering on the Cardinals, so needless to say the experience was both nerve-wracking and amazing.
“In my family there was no beach or Disney World for vacation — just baseball,” David tells ESPN. “We’d get a cheap room as close to the stadium as we could, catch a game watching my faves like Willie McGee and Vince Coleman, and then go for a swim in the Holiday Inn indoor pool. It was great!”
CMT documented David’s trip to “the show” in a series of webisodes called ‘Making the Team.’ In one episode, David, who played catcher in high school, receives batting tips from legendary player (and hitting coach) Mark McGwire. David’s opportunity did, however, stir some envy from fellow country singer and Cards fan Joe Nichols.
Joe wants the team to know he’s available if the team’s looking for another country singer for next year’s roster — or if anything should “happen” to David” to keep him from trying out.
“I guess I’m a little jealous,” Joe tells Country Weekly. “I want to kneecap him, maybe. ‘Do you guys need a fill-in? ‘Cause he’s hurt …’ No, I’m kidding, I really wouldn’t do that. I think it’s great to have a fellow Cardinals fan out there. I think it’s a natural fit, major league baseball and country music. It’s great that he found a way to partner that up. Wish it had been me. I’m not making a pitch for next year or anything, but I’m available. I’m available for that.”
Next up for David is his opening-act slot with Lady Antebellum on their first headlining tour.