Feb 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Well, I’ve seen a singer screw up the National Anthem before — but I’ve never seen a manager come out to the mound to remove him in the middle of the song.
“That’s it for today, kid.” (Reaches out, takes microphone, pats singer on butt).
It didn’t exactly happen that way during a Grapefruit League game between the Blue Jays and Astros in Dunedin, Fla., on Wednesday, but it was close. A man named Jeff Fuller took to the field to sing both the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems. Fuller struggled mightily with his first attempt at Oh, Canada, then aborted and started over, only to quit the second attempt midway through. He then went to The Star Spangled Banner, and messed that up as well. But he made it to the end.
The video below shows the end of the second attempt of Oh, Canada, and the beginning of The Star Spangled Banner. When he was finished, Jays’ manager John Gibbons patted him on the back. Of course this did not go unnoticed by Twitter.
The Astros went on to win, 10-1. And as an aside, I am really digging Houston’s new uniforms. Pretty sweet.
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