Taped All-Star Anthem irks Canadians
Yes, the pre-game All-Star celebration was all about America, with tributes to volunteer all-stars from the five living presidents on the big electronic scoreboard, the biggest American flag this side of a used car dealership spreading across the outfield held up by returning members of the U.S. military and an appearance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch by Barack Obama, but surely the folks at MLB could have found someone, anyone, to sing the Canadian National Anthem. Instead it was a taped military-band-sounding, fast-paced, let's-get-this-out-of-the-way un-tribute to America's northern neighbour.
"I wasn't very impressed, to tell you the truth," B.C. native and Twins first-baseman Justin Morneau said. "You'd figure they could find somebody to come and sing the song. They have a hockey team here. The Canadian teams play here. It was something that didn't really go over too well. If they were playing in Toronto and they did that, it would be a big deal."
Fellow B.C.-born All-Star, Jason Bay did not notice it at first, but also wondered about the concept of a canned O Canada at a major sporting event. Baseball usually does manage to line up a singer -- not always good, but a live singer nonetheless..
"I didn't really notice and then someone mentioned it," Bay said. "I wouldn't call it cheesy. It was a decent rendition. But you'd think someone in St. Louis would know the words to O Canada. Morneau and I could have sung it."