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
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
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.