Former Indians pitcher sings anthem before Pirates game

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault belted out the national anthem before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. (Photo: MLB / AT&T SportsNet)
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PITTSBURGH (WTHR) - A former Indianapolis Indians pitcher added "anthem singer" to his resume before Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh.

Pirates reliever Steven Brault moonlights as the front man in a rock band called The Street Gypsies. He found himself in front of a microphone on Tuesday night, only this time the audience wasn't a night club but PNC Park. The 26-year-old belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" before first pitch, delivering on a promise he made to his grandmother. He also did it to provide proof that ballplayers can have a life outside the game.

"A big part of it is showing people, showing kids, that it's OK to do other things," Brault said. "I think that's really important. It's something I really live by."

Brault pitched for Indianapolis in 2016 and 2017 before he was called up to Pittsburgh last year. This season, he's 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 51.1 innings for the Pirates.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)