I would have been fine if that was my last Backstreet Boys memory. But the powers that be have apparently granted the boy band the privilege of singing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night.
From the Heater:
"Move over, B.K. Jackson. The Backstreet Boys will sing the national anthem of game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, according to team fan experience director Darcy Raymond. Throwing out the first pitch will be Pinellas County Commissioner Bob Stewart. Stewart was a St. Petersburg City Council member back on July 24, 1986, who voted with five others to build the stadium even when the area didn't have a team.Nothing, and I mean nothing says October baseball like BSB.
UPDATE: I've heard from many people who took issue with the "artistic license" taken by the Backstreet Boys during tonight's rendition. Personally, I thought it was pretty good. Judge for yourselves:
For my money, Marvin Gaye's anthem before the 1983 NBA All-Star game is the gold standard.