The 2013 Fall Classic between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox will start with a bang, as nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige will perform the National Anthem before Game 1 from Fenway Park.
The MLB announced the news on Twitter:
Blige is no stranger to the big stage and is quite familiar with the World Series. In 2009, she performed the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium before Game 6 between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies:
That performance is a highlight of Blige's illustrious career, as she told Jenny Depper of Yahoo! Music:
It is an honor to have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem...I've conducted countless performances across the globe throughout my illustrious career, but performing the anthem at Yankees Stadium during the 2009 World Series was beyond a thrill, and so I'm looking forward to again being a part of baseball's great history.
Blige, who also doubles as an actress and philanthropist, took to Twitter to express her excitement over the event:
So excited for tonight! pic.twitter.com/iLb1qcMpM2— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) October 23, 2013
As Depper details, Blige is a world-renowned artist with over 50 million records sold and eight multi-platinum albums, along with the aforementioned nine Grammy Awards and a jaw-dropping 29 nominations, so she is the perfect candidate to kick off baseball's biggest event.
Who wins Game 1?
Blige brings an electric presence to any prestigious event when she performs "The Star-Spangled Banner," as she did twice in 2012 at the NBA All-Star game and the Kentucky Derby. Based on her previous performances, baseball fans are in for a treat with Blige at the microphone.
The World Series begins Wednesday night from Fenway Park, and one of the most important musical figures from the past several decades will perform the traditional honor for fans. The event will air on Fox with Blige and the festivities beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
St. Louis will send National League Cy Young Award hopeful Adam Wainwright to the mound, who will duel Boston's Jon Lester. Needless to say, it should be a great matchup between two accomplished pitchers facing off against equally talented lineups.
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