From WFAN beat reporter Sweeny Murti …
McCann wound up missing eight days with a concussion that he suffered last Friday night when he took a Mike Aviles foul-tip off his catcher’s mask. The 30-year-old backstop has been a major disappointment in his first season with the Yankees, batting .238/.294/.384 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 103 games. He was signed to a five-year, $85 million free agent contract in November 2013 after nine great years with Atlanta.
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.