What’s the only thing worse than screwing up the national anthem at a baseball game? Messing up the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a nationally-televised World Series game, of course! Staind’s Aaron Lewis learned that the hard way, as video of his epic fail during Sunday’s Game 5 is going viral.
Aaron Lewis botched the national anthem right at the start, confusing the second line of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with lyrics later in the song. So instead of singing, “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” he sang, “were so gallantly streaming.”
Watch Aaron Lewis’ national anthem from Game 5 of the 2014 World Series.
He recovered nicely from there, but all anyone talked about was his massive “Star-Spangled Banner” screw-up. Later on Sunday, Aaron Lewis released a statement apologizing for messing up the national anthem.
“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness,” Aaron Lewis said about his national anthem screw-up. “My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”
Of course, Aaron Lewis is not the first person to botch the national anthem at a sporting event. But his screw-up might be the most ironic. Back in 2011, he called out Christina Aguilera when she famously messed up the lyrics while performing “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl (she also later apologized). Video evidence of Lewis’ slam is below.
“I guess I just don’t understand how people that sing the national anthem can be so f–king self-absorbed that they would try to change that f–king song,” Lewis said in February of that year. “If there is a single song in the history of this country that deserves no creative interpretation, it’s that one.”
The pregame festivities before Sunday’s World Series matchup also made headlines for a different reason. The children of Robin Williams, a noted San Francisco Giants fan, honored their late father by throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Williams’ pal Billy Crystal. Check out video of the touching moment below.