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Trisha Yearwood and Phillip Phillips to sing national anthems for World Series games in KC

Trisha Yearwood will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Trisha Yearwood will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Associated Pres

Country fans, rejoice. Major League Baseball has Kansas City pegged as a country-lovin’ town and has chosen Trisha Yearwood to sing the National Anthem before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, whose song “Home” was the biggest hit of any “Idol” winner, will perform the anthem before Game 2 at the K.

In San Francisco, the Grand Ole Opry’s newest members, country quartet Little Big Town, will sing before Game 3.

Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the anthem with his son before Game 4 on Saturday night.

Now, we’re not gonna say anything unkind about Yearwood because we love us some Mrs. Garth Brooks. But country? Really?

Listen up, MLB. While we love our friends in low places, we have some fairly high-brow taste in music, too.

Did you not see our KansasCity.com poll where thousands of Royals and music fans voted for hometown opera star Joyce DiDonato to get the gig?

Fans of DiDonato, who grew up in Prairie Village, used the hashtag #LetJoyceSing on Twitter to gin up support.

She grabbed 33 percent of nearly 17,000 votes in our poll, blasting second-place finisher, former “American Idol” winner and Blue Springs native David Cook (16 percent of the vote) and “Royals” singer Lorde (12 percent).

Here’s another thing. Earlier today the folks at Pandora Internet radio sent us some interesting factoids about the kind of music that Royals and Giants fans have been listening to lately.

And, no surprise, our musical tastes could not be more different.

But, surprise! Kansas City Pandora users don’t even seem to be listening to country music.

In fact, the No. 1 Pandora genre here in September was “Slow Jams,” with music by Usher, Aaliyah and Jagged Edge.

Usher singing the National Anthem. We could get behind that.

And check out what San Francisco was listening to last month — a musical genre called “Buddha Bar Radio,” featuring songs from artists such as Luminous, Telepopmusik and Thievery Corporation.

(Hold the giggles, Royals fans.)

While Kansas Citians were listening to lots of R&B and gospel on Pandora, Bay area residents were jammin’ to Hawaiian and “hipster cocktail party” sounds, and something called Ambien, er, Ambient.

(I said, no giggling.)

For your listening pleasure, Pandora today created a couple of World Series mix tapes of walk-up songs, ballpark anthems and songs about each city.

Click here if you’re a Royals fan.

Click here to groove at that hipster cocktail party.

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