David Nail played college baseball and he brought his competitive spirit and fielding skills to the annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday during CMA Music Festival. David was on Blair Garner’s After Midnite team, facing off against the Grand Ole Opry team, and made four dramatic catches. The fourth one ended with an out and for David, a minor fracture and detached tendon in his right ring finger.
“You put me in the game, and I only know one speed: hard,” David said. “I only play all-out – and that’s what I was doing. I can’t believe I broke something doing it; but at least I got my out.”
David’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Storme Warren, teammate Chuck Wicks, 104.5 The Zone’s JT and Blair Garner himself all applauded David for his efforts. “My boy @davidnail was MVP for sure.. Crushed it!!!! And his hand… :/” Chuck tweeted after the game.
David has had an eventful CMA Music Festival. He opened the Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Thursday with the Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Chorale accompanying him on his current single, “The Sound of a Million Dreams.” To make the moment even more special, David’s band director father and mother were on hand to see it. He also played a set at the Riverfront Stage on Friday Afternoon.
“It’s been a good week,” David said from the emergency room after the softball game. “In spite of this, I’ve got a really good neurosurgeon who will look at this next week, so I know I’ll be okay long term. Right now, I just know I played hard, got to see a lot of the people from around the country who’ve been there with us over the past few years, and, hopefully, made a few new believers along the way.”