Queen of Soul sings national anthem at the ALCS

The Queen of Soul is back, hoping to help her hometown Detroit

Tigers bounce back in the AL championship series.

Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem, with plenty of soul,

of course, before the Tigers played Texas in Game 3. Detroit then

won 5-2, trimming the Rangers’ edge in the best-of-seven matchup to

2-1.

Franklin, sporting a Tigers hat, was greeted by cheers from the

Comerica Park crowd when she walked onto the field.

Many in the stands had goose bumps by the time her deliberate

rendition was done under a full moon on a crisp and clear night

with a huge U.S. flag covering much of the outfield.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he could tell Texas manager Ron

Washington enjoyed Franklin’s performance.

”I was worried. I was standing close to home plate tonight when

Aretha Franklin was singing the national anthem. He was moving

around. I got nervous because she pumped him up a bit,” Leyland

said.

The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer underwent surgery

last year for an undisclosed ailment. She has attributed losing

more than 80 pounds to a change in diet and exercise.