One rare off-season routine comes from Chase d’Arnaud, an Atlanta Braves infielder. He trades in his glove and cap for a guitar and microphone.
Growing up, D’Arnaud’s mother would put on opera recitals for the family – “It’s a very large Pilipino family, every recital consisted of 50 to 100 people,” he laughed—and it was his mother that encouraged him to sing.
“On the way to baseball practice, in elementary and middle school we would sing in the back of the car,” said d’Arnaud. The “we” he is referring to is his brother, Travis d’Arnaud who plays for the New York Mets. “I vividly remember singing Phantom of the Opera with Travis. I would take the male part and Travis would take the female part. And Travis was able hit this note at the end of the song that my mom had no chance of hitting.”
D’Arnaud played bass in a band in high school with his fellow baseball players and then picked up guitar in college.
And this year, in between diamonds, d’Arnaud recorded an album with musicians he met in California. The group had opportunities to perform at Bonnaroo and at Kicks 101.5 FM’s Country Fair. And on Monday, d’Arnaud will perform at Eddie’s Attic.
And while baseball and music might seem like an unlikely crossover, d’Arnaud has found the similarities between the two arts.
“It helps me with my performance,” he said. “I feel like I know how to attack a stage because of baseball, and the music also serves as an outlet.”
You can hear more from his interview with Lois Reitzes above along with a live studio performance of his song dedicated to the late Marlins player José Fernández.