It was 1:29 AM on the East Coast, when the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles went into the seventh inning stretch and brought out Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, to sing God Bless America in front of an estimated 500 fans inside Yankee Stadium.
The rain was coming down hard in the Bronx as the two teams faced off, because the Yankees needed to get the game in on Tuesday night. Tuesday night became Wednesday morning after a start time of 11:00 PM.
Scanlan came out to sing and to the dismay of fans in attendance, she took her time with the song. Typically, Yankee Stadium plays Kate Smith's rendition of God Bless America over the speakers. Tuesday night was just not the night for a live performance.
There were over 44,500 people that paid to be at the game and thousands headed home before the game even started. Scanlan performed and the empty seats were very clear on television. It even looked like some of the players lined up at the baselines, were subconsciously asking to have the song sped up.
A lot of thanks have to be given to the grounds crew at Yankee Stadium for rushing onto the field before the song to apply the drying agent. They would have been provided a ton a time to do their work during the song, but that's just not respectful. The point is: Teresa Scanlan took too much time in the rain.
As for her singing talent, it was not even the type of performance that would get you to Hollywood in American Idol's audition rounds. Thumbs down. Kate Smith and Ronan Tynan should be the only two people allowed to be heard at Yankee Stadium under extreme weather conditions like the ones on Tuesday night.
Here is the video of last night's performance from Major League Baseball: Miss America sings in the Bronx