“Save the Anthem at Ballparks”

“Save the Anthem at Ballparks” by Bauman

I saw the name of the article, and I knew i had to read it. Being somewhat musically inclined (though by not much), I enjoy hearing really good versions of the “Star Spangled Banner” before the game. But sometimes, it seems we hear more bad than good. And yes, I know it’s a difficult song to sing.

The best version I remember hearing was before a game against the Marlins in July 2007. It was by a ten year old girl. It was the sweetest, most beautiful rendition I can remember. It certainly was one of my favorites. Off the top of my head, my second favorite was when Sherman Pore sang the National Anthem. Sherman Pore, if you remember, went on American Idol in 2007. He sang “You Belong to Me” (the 1952 song, not the new Taylor Swift one obviously) as a tribute to his wife who just passed from cancer. I wish I could’ve been there to see Russell Martin (Sr.) play the National Anthem on his saxophone back in 2006.

As for the worst … I don’t recall the names. The violinist was probably one of the worst. Sure, it would’ve been nice if the sound was working. But I still didn’t like her rendition anyway. You couldn’t blame it on the mic not working properly. It was still pretty bad. And then there was the guy who took like ten minutes singing the National Anthem. It was before the Brewers game on Aug 4. It took almost 3 1/2 hours for the Dodgers to beat the Brewers 17 to 4. Prince Fielder must’ve been upset that the game took so long, which is why he tried to storm the Dodgers clubhouse. He wanted to find out who picked the guy who sang the National Anthem.

Let’s not even get started with “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning Stretch. I’m glad I wasn’t at the game on August 18 against the Cardinals when the singer not only couldn’t sing in tune … but she didn’t know the words either. It’s a hilarious video to watch, but after the first time, you might want to hit mute. It’s just fun to watch the players’ reactions. Though, there have been a few renditions I liked. The USC Trojan marching band for one.

Update 2/10/10:
Alex sent me this today. It’s from the Oct 2 game against the Rockies. For some reason, I don’t remember the National Anthem. But it went long that night too.


  1. mattpeas

    the national anthem is truly a spectacle. at any sportingevent nationwide there is always a talented (sometime not so talented) person belting it out at the top of his or her lungs. i love it. when sung right, in the right tune and in the right atmosphere i get chills.

  2. sunshine43

    You can say that again. I wish I had a recording of the 10 year old girl singing it. It was the most beautiful rendition I have heard (live) so far at Dodger Stadium. I wish they’d invite her back. She’d be 13 now.

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