In case you were not aware, the World Series kicked off this week, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a war of attrition over which squad has the more loathsome fan base.
Big-time baseball means big-time musical guests, and while Mary J. Blige knocked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” without a hitch during Wednesday night’s game, things got a bit more complicated in Boston last night before Game 2. Legendary folkie and Massachusetts resident James Taylor answered the call to provide musical accompaniment, though following his introduction as the singer of the national anthem, he stepped up to the microphone and began singing “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
It’s easy to forgive the mistake, as he was on the hook to sing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch (which went off without a hitch). And it’s entirely possible he was going jazz on the whole thing and threw a riff in there because he was feeling it (though probably not).
In the end, he made it through “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody went home happy (except for Red Sox fans, who watched their team throw the ball all over the field during a brutal three-run inning that tied the World Series at a game apiece). The series heads to St. Louis this weekend, so here’s hoping that Nelly and the St. Lunatics will take over anthem duties.
Watch Taylor sing below: