Ballplayers will once again be wearing lame caps for Fourth of July games

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Your obligatory summer holiday caps for the major leaguers on this Fourth of July:

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As usual, 100% of net proceeds of sales of the special caps will go to the Welcome Back Veterans charity. Which is a worthy cause, obviously. I just wish that the worthy cause could be matched up with a worthy cap design. Whites and grays are just awful. Regular caps with an American flag on the side would be way cooler.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.