ESPN Music: George Brett

Lorde finally meets George Brett

April, 16, 2014
Apr 16

Lorde has finally met George Brett, the inspiration for her hit song “Royals.”

A story that started with the click of a shutter before a baseball game in 1976 came full circle in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, when Lorde met Brett, the baseball Hall of Famer whose photo in an old magazine helped launch her singing career.

In case you don't know the story: A teenage girl in New Zealand, aspiring to a music career, comes across Ted Spiegel's photo of George Brett in a 1976 issue of National Geographic. The photo of a young, smiling Brett in his home Royals jersey, surrounded by autograph seekers holding brand-new baseballs, inspires the girl's song about missing out on the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The song becomes a worldwide hit, wins multiple Grammy awards, and turns the 17-year-old girl from Auckland into a star.

When a hoped-for meeting in March didn't materialize, the Royals sent Lorde an autographed Brett jersey. This time, she got to meet her inspiration in person -- and tied a bow on a story that took 38 years and two continents to complete.

David Nail to play in celebrity softball game

July, 8, 2012

During last year's World Series, Grammy-nominated country singer David Nail sang "Gold Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch between his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

Tonight, Nail, who was born in Kennett, Mo., is on a baseball field again -- this time as a player in the All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game in Kansas City. Nail will join Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers and Ozzie Smith as well as Mike Piazza and Kansas City Royals favorites George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney.

"It's going to be competitive. It's hard to just go out there and simply run around and have fun," said Nail, who has been performing music since 2002 and hit No. 1 with "Let It Rain" in January. "Somehow the competitive streak rears it's ugly head and I'll think I'm 18 again instead of 33."

Just a few months ago, Nail -- who played high school baseball -- took part in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during Country Music Association Music Fest and tore a tendon in his hand.

"I try to stay in shape while I'm on the road touring. I'm not a pro athlete by any stretch, but I do have a little athleticism," Nail said. "I just don't want to embarrass myself."

ESPN will broadcast the softball game immediately after the Home Run Derby on Monday at 8 p.m. The events also are available through, ESPN Mobile and the WatchESPN app.

In the 2010 All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Nail hit a home run over the right-field fence in Angel Stadium.

Since he's on his home turf tonight, will he repeat?

"I hope I didn't jinx myself," he said, "by talking about my athleticism!"