Staind’s Aaron Lewis Screws Up National Anthem Before World Series, Then Apologizes (Video)

“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness,” he said after

Game 5 of the World Series saw its first error before the first pitch was even thrown.

Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis accidentally rearranged the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while performing the national anthem on Sunday night. He began the song, “O, say can you see/by the dawn’s early light/what so proudly we hailed,” but then rather then continuing, “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” Lewis sang, “were so gallantly streaming.”

That line comes later in the tune.

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The nationally televised game was broadcast on Fox. Players James Shields and Tim Lincecum could both be seen on-camera reacting to Lewis’ flub.

Lewis has since issued an apology for his mistake.

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“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness,” Lewis said in a statement on his website. “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,” he continued. “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.”

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Watch the video of Aaron Lewis singing his version of the National Anthem above.

The San Francisco Giants topped the visiting Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday, and now lead the best-of-seven World Series 3 games to 2.