Major League Baseball has announced who will sing the national anthem on Friday night before Game 3 of the World Series at Citi Field in New York, and it could be a sign of good fortune for the Kansas City Royals.
Billy Joel, 66, a native of the Bronx who was raised on Long Island, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the third time before a New York Mets World Series game. He previously sang before Game 2 in 1986 and Game 1 in 2000.
And both times, the Mets lost.
According to Sports Illustrated, Joel has even been a long-distance bad-luck charm when it comes to singing the national anthem and the Mets:
“The Mets don’t even have to be playing in the same stadium as Joel for him to put the Star Spangled hex on them. Back in 2008, he played two shows at Shea Stadium, the last concerts in the ballpark before it was demolished. The final show was on July 18. He opened the night with the anthem. The Mets were playing in Cincinnati. They lost.”