Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We have no rooting interest in the World Series, which opens tonight in San Francisco. Giants vs. Rangers? It's good to have some new blood, and it would be easy to pull for either team. But as we've mentioned before it's almost as important to have a team to root against, and neither of these fine ballclubs provides much of a boo factor.
So let's concentrate on the pregame music. Our Game 1 starter is John Legend, a curious choice to perform the National Anthem if you like some hometown flavor as we do. Legend is an Ohio native. Next up will be the Nashville's Lady Antebellum. Who knows, maybe they'll knock it out of the park.
Nothing against these acts, but to get juiced for this Series we would have dialed it up a notch with Glenn Donnellan, a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra who does the best instrumental of "The Star Spangled Banner" this side of Jimi Hendrix -- on an electrified Louisville Slugger. Check it out.