Staind singer Aaron Lewis very, very sorry for mangling national anthem

Matt Slocum/APRecording artist Aaron Lewis performs the national anthem before Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Sunday

Matt Slocum/APRecording artist Aaron Lewis performs the national anthem before Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Sunday

Singer Aaron Lewis knows he didn't hit a grand slam with his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday's World Series game at AT&T Park. But the next day, he was still feeling hit by a pitch.

“My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened,” the Staind frontman posted on his website Monday, just hours after he mangled the starred-and-striped lyrics in front of over 40,000 fans.

Most glaringly, where Lewis should have belted out “the twilight's last gleaming,” he warbled, “were so gallantly streaming.” He repeated the “gallantly streaming” line when he arrived at its rightful place later in the song, doubling the amount of gallant streaming at no extra charge.

“America is the greatest country in the world,” Lewis gushed in his online apology. “'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.”

While Lewis was busy groveling at Lady Liberty's feet, Christina Aguilera was presumably enjoying the sweet, sweet taste of vengeance. In 2011, Lewis savaged Xtina's anthem flub at the Super Bowl that same year.

“I guess I just don't understand how people who sing the national anthem can be so f—ing self-absorbed that they would try to change that f—ing song,” he snarked at a 2011 concert. “If there is a single song in the history of this country that deserves no creative interpretation, it's that one.”

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