Given the chance, he does still like to brag about his playing days, though. He said he lives vicariously though his friend Matt Palmer, a 30-year-old rookie pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels who has gone 9-1 this season. “I just fancy the thought that my senior year ... I won the game (against Caruthersville High School) with a base hit off of him our senior year. So I might as well be in the bigs,” Nail said, laughing.
And making a record is much more challenging than facing a curveball, Nail admitted. A pesky player who had the ability to get in the heads of his opponents and “just annoy them to death,” his philosophy was that no pitcher he faced (not even Palmer?) was going to throw the pitch for three strikes.
“So I sure as heck wasn’t going to help him out by swinging at it,” he said.
Whether or not he has a bat in his hand, Nail expects to keep walking tall.
• David Nail is inviting everyone to attend his album release party Tuesday, August 18, at the Tin Roof in Nashville (1516 Demonbreun). Doors open at 6 p.m., with Nail’s performance at 7.
• David Nail’s video for “Red Light” features his new bride, Catherine.