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Jul 14

David Nail Leads Country’s Good Sports

David Nail up to bat during the All-Star softball game. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

David Nail up to bat during the All-Star softball game. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

There aren’t too many country stars who can boast that they’ve hit a homerun in a major-league ballpark – but David Nail can.

David popped one over the fence during a celebrity softball game Monday in Angel Stadium during the festivities surrounding Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

His homerun is just one of numerous current sports-related items in country music, including Big Kenny’s World Cup debut and Taylor Swift’s shot at induction into a hall of fame.

Here are country’s latest sports-related stories:

• Batting left-handed, David slammed his homer over the right-center field wall for the National League team in the celebrity softball game, though the American team went on to win, 15-11. He played on the same field as former major-leaguers Rickey Henderson, Tim Salmon and Bo Jackson, but his best moment came when Baseball Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Ozzie Smith told him he looked “like a legit player.” (For trivia buffs: Angel Stadium’s features include a statue honoring a Country Music Hall of Fame member. Gene Autry was the original owner of the Los Angeles Angels.)

• New artist Randy Montana got a huge surprise in Chicago last week when NASCAR driver Kyle Petty showed up during his concert at Joe’s Bar. Kyle jumped on stage and joined in on a cover of the Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”

• New trio Edens Edge will sing the national anthem Aug. 7 at the Nashville Superspeedway for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

• Big Kenny’s song “Heart Of Africa” debuted Sunday before the World Cup finals during a benefit concert in Nairobi for the UN World Food Program.

• The Bowling Hall of Fame has found a new way to draw attention to itself by enlisting the public to select one of nine celebrities for induction. Taylor Swift is a finalist alongside Justin Bieber, Jeff Bridges, Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon. The vote takes place at


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