Music and baseball go hand-in-hand. With popular songs or organ music filling the otherwise quiet spaces of the games, players’ walk-up songs or the fans singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” nights at the ballpark are always accompanied by a soundtrack.
Ballplayers have many talents away from the game, and it seems like every year on every team in the minors there’s one guy who is loading up a hard-shell guitar case under the bus for road trips.
On Wednesday, a video of Curve shortstop Cole Tucker playing a snare drum with a young fan from the Hollidaysburg Elementary School band made its way onto Curve social media.
Tucker started playing the drums when he was in third grade. He also started strumming a bit on the ukulele a couple years ago.
Another recent Curve player, Jerrick Suiter, is known to occasionally pick around on a guitar or bass. He was also working on the ukulele during his time with the Curve in 2017.
The levels of musical experience vary. 2016 Curve pitcher Clay Holmes, who made his major league debut earlier this season with the the Pirates, would occasionally bring along a travel-size acoustic guitar for road trips.
Former hitting coach Kevin Riggs would usually bring along a guitar of his own on the road. Current pitching coach Bryan Hickerson is a very talented guitarist.
One player in particular might have been making his living today through music if a career in baseball had not come knocking.
2015 Curve pitcher and current Pirates reliever Steven Brault was a vocal performance major at Regis University in Colorado. He sang with a band called Off the Water while he was in high school in the San Diego area. More recently, he’s been the frontman of a band called Street Gypsies. Here’s Brault singing on a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do”:
Chase d’Arnaud was an infielder with the Curve during their first-ever championship run in 2010. He started playing violin as a kid, and later picked up the guitar. The Chase d’Arnaud Band played at the popular Bonnaroo festival on an off day in 2016. Later that year while with the Braves, he opened up for country music group Lady Antebellum in Atlanta.
Brad Holman was the Curve’s pitching coach during the 2008 season and spent the last two years as the Rangers’ bullpen coach. He performed on the field at PNG Field back in 2008.
Probably the most notable music work for a former Curve player is that of 1999 pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who started the first-ever game at Peoples Natural Gas Field (then Blair County Ballpark) during the franchise’s inaugural season.
Arroyo started learning how to play the guitar while he was in Altoona before his 16-year major-league career began. While gaining notoriety with the Red Sox in the mid-2000s, he started playing some gigs on the side, eventually leading to the 2005 release of his album, Covering the Bases.
There are probably dozens of music Curve players missing from this list. IF you know of any, shoot us a tweet.
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