Tonight At The World Series: The Anthem Travels To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Oct 24th, 2007 // 6 Comments

Joe Buck, I am your fatherI’ve been waiting for perhaps the entire playoffs to see who Major League Baseball and Fox would trot out to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Game 1 of the World Series, which is tonight at Fenway Park. Would it be as good as Scott Stapp’s “God Bless America” from a few years back? Well, holy crap, are they going for a big statement out of the gate:

John Williams, a renowned American composer and conductor – not to mention a five-time Academy Award winner – will conduct the Boston Pops in playing the national anthem.

As a friend of mine noted, it’s probably too much to ask that the anthem will be segued into a version of Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars that’s then accompanied by the burning of a Yankee effigy–which culminates in Ben Affleck rising from the flames to pelt the audience with DVDs of Jersey Girl–but that’s because it’s probably mean to kick even the most hated team when it’s down, especially now that its No. 1 most presidential-pandering fan has left their roost.

Notes: Lineup hindered in Colorado [MLB.com]

  1. doctaj

    uh, i know saying this probabably makes me a bid dork, but i thought keith lockhart was now the conductor of th e pops? are they trotting out the old conductor for the special occasion?

  2. Swankster

    Whatever…the Red Sox are the new Yankees anyway.

  3. Maura Johnston

    @doctaj: That’s what I’m guessing, yes.

  4. hotshot

    @doctaj: Lockhart is. But c’mon, John Williams is John Williams. He used to conduct the Pops, as everyone knows, and he’s stepped in for Lockhard during the 4th of July stuff for a song or two a bunch of times. I’m sure Lockhart is fine in conceding that Williams is the bigger star, right?

  5. AL

    @Swankster: This broken-hearted Indians fan agrees.

  6. Swankster

    @aluberalles: This broken-hearted Mets fan is still bitter at the rug being pulled from underneath.

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