10 Days of Taylor: Remember when Rays, Taylor Swift met at the World Series?
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Game 3 of the 2008 World Series was a forgettable one for Tampa Bay Rays fans. Delayed more than 90 minutes due to rain, it ended in a walkoff 5-4 win for the hometown Philadelphia Phillies, putting the Rays in a 2-1 deficit.
There was one memorable moment for both teams, however: Taylor Swift sang the national anthem. You can check it out here.
"Baseball was a huge part of my life growing up because the best way to get in front of an audience when you're an unsigned artist is to sing the national anthem," she said, according to the Times' Dave Scheiber at the time. "So I started out singing it for minor-league teams. As you work your way up and sing for larger crowds, the anthem is the best way to get in front of a lot of people."
This also happened to be a bit of home cooking on the Phillies' part, as Swift grew up a Phillies fan outside nearby Reading, Pa.
"A lot of the players on the Philadelphia Philies team were on the Reading Phillies team when I was singing the national anthem for them (at age) 11," she said. "To have that confidence, and have them make the World Series, I'm so proud of that team."
Swift said she was nervous before the game, even performing of what was essentially a home crowd.
"I didn't feel it until I was halfway through with the song," she said, "and then my legs started shaking, and I was like, 'Please don't mess up, please don't mess up.' But it was so much fun, because you look out at all those people and they have so much love for the team."
-- Times archives