Country music and Country Breakfast
APR 08, 2013 4:15p ET
"He’s a big country music fan," Stevens, the winner of Season 2 of FOX’s "The X Factor" told FOX Sports Kansas City before singing the National Anthem at the Royals’ home opener Monday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. "And I’m a big Royals fan."
The Royals’ All-Star slugger and the budding country music artist first started trading messages via Twitter a few months back. That led to some follow-up e-mails and, then, Monday, the first face-to-face meeting.
"In third grade, my Little League ball team got to walk around the (warning) track here," gushed Stevens, who hails from nearby Belton, Mo. "It was great."
Stevens - real name Stephen Eatinger - grew up roughly 19 miles south of The K. At 38, he got hooked on Royal blue during the franchise’s salad days in the 1980s, and has remained faithful ever since.
"(Loved) George Brett, of course," said Stevens, whose self-titled debut album is slated to come out on April 22. "George Brett was everybody’s favorite. Huge Bo Jackson fan. I was here when he ran up a wall."
Now he’s in the home dugout, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Butler. It never fails - athletes want to be entertainment stars, entertainment stars always want to be pro jocks.
Which begs the question: Can Country Breakfast carry a tune?
"I haven’t heard him," Stevens allowed. "But I sure as hell can’t hit."
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