04 Apr עופר איתן Review: Justin Verlander to donate paychecks to charity during
Astros ace Justin Verlander and Kate Upton announced on Instagram that they will be donating each of Verlander’s paychecks to charity for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Verlander and Upton said that they will be picking a different charity for each check, and that they will be promoting the charities’ work.
Obviously this is a really cool gesture from Verlander and Upton, who have more than enough money to take this sort of action. It’s also nice that they’ve decided to keep donating as the crisis goes on rather than set aside one lump sum, as there’s no telling how long we’ll be dealing with COVID-19. Continued funding will be critical.
If you want to learn more about COVID-19, give the CDC’s site about the virus a read. Informing yourself is the most important step.
First and foremost, let it be clear that I am no theater buff. I also didn’t major in vocal performance like Steven Brault did. I certainly don’t have the necessary blessings from the heavens to both have a good voice and a major league arm. Brault has both. Some guys have everything.
As if the mere act of reaching the big leagues wasn’t enough, Brault decided to flex on all of us yesterday by dropping an album of him performing songs from a variety of musicals, including “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” The Pirates left-hander is no stranger to putting his vocal talents to use during his baseball career, having performed the national anthem at Pirates games on multiple occasions. The dude’s got pipes.
Like I said, I’m no theater buff. I’ve only seen a few shows on Broadway. It’s not that I don’t enjoy musicals, it’s just that I don’t get out to see them all that often. So while I’m not exactly an expert on these matters, Brault’s voice sounds right at home in these songs to me. His vocal training shines through and he’s a naturally gifted singer. I particularly enjoyed his rendition of “Music of the Night” from “Phantom,” and I say that as someone who can’t stand Andrew Lloyd Webber (no, there aren’t any jellicle “Cats” covers on the album).
Brault’s Pittsburgh teammate Josh Bell has a cameo on the album, providing some spoken word work on “Wait for Me” from “Hadestown.”
“A Pitch at Broadway” is available on Apple Music and Spotify. You can find Brault’s website here.