If you were to click on the “Our Team” tab here at The Turf, you’d quickly realize that most of our writers and contributors have a connection to the arts in some way, shape or form. Many of us have graced stages around the country, or been on your TV/movie screens. Heck, our Editor-In-Chief works on Broadway! The intersection of sports and arts/entertainment is what brought us all together – it’s kind of “our thing”. Over the years we’ve showcased some other, more recognizable names who meet us at that intersection as well. We’ve imagined casting Tom Brady in “Hamilton”, welcomed Tiki Barber to “Kinky Boots” and rocked out with C.C. Sabathia in “Rock of Ages’. Today, we have another name to add to the list – Steven Brault.
“Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”
On June 19, 2018 the world was formally introduced to Steven Brault the singer. He sang the National Anthem at a Pirates game against the Brewers. I’ve always wanted to perform the Anthem at a professional sporting event one day. Friends of mine have done it frequently and mentioned how daunting it can be – and I can only imagine the added pressure of doing it in front of your teammates!
Like most of us growing up, Brault had interests in several things. That included baseball and singing/performing. He continued both disciplines into his high school years, but graduated without being drafted. He would move on to Regis University as a vocal performance major while still being able to play baseball (something he noted most schools wouldn’t typically let happen). After being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 he bounced around the minors for a few seasons. He was traded to the Pirates in 2015 and played with several of their minor league affiliates before being promoted to the majors. He made his debut on July 5, 2016. Since then he’s bounced back and forth between the big club and the minors as he continues to develop and fight for a regular spot in Pittsburgh.
Taking A Different Stage
While his MLB debut came in 2016, Brault made a different debut this month. He dropped his album, “A Pitch At Broadway”– where he covers a dozen songs from some of his favorite Broadway shows. He hit the recording studio back in November and, while I haven’t heard all of the tracks yet – it’s a solid album. He’s even got guest artists such as teammate Josh Bell and Broadway veteran Adam Pascal. Who knows – maybe after his playing career winds down, we’ll see Steven taking a stage somewhere.
Until then – best of luck and congrats on the album!
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