Oh no, O Canada yet again at baseball’s all star game.
The latest example of why anthems are an unnecessary distraction at sporting events came with the bizarre “performance” Calgary singer Jocelyn Alice gave of O Canada.
Of particular annoyance, Alice appeared to giggle after “God keep our Land,” prompting a startled response and apparent death stare from Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, who has heard the anthem plenty of times in his career.
But Smoak said afterwards that he didn’t notice a thing. “(The anthems) were the least of my worries,” he said.
The questionable rendition came a year after a rogue member of The Tenors decided to make up his own lyrics.
Remigio Pereira of The Tenors attracted plenty of online fury at last year’s game in San Diego when he sang, “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great,” instead of, “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.”
Pereira left The Tenors months later after the other members of the quartet said he’d acted as a “lone wolf” in a statement posted to their social media accounts.
— Grady Sas (@GradySas) July 12, 2017