The annual Flatbush Hatzolah-NYPD baseball game at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ MCU Park struck off with a group of Hasidic a cappella singers performing the national anthem.
In a video posted to YouTube, the chorus faces slight technical and lyrical challenges, while a lead singer, with a hefty lung, relies on a smartphone to get through the words.
Aside: The Cyclones are a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, whose Citi Field played home to the Asifa, a rally against the dangers of the Internet in May 2012.
In 1941, a group of 132 child refugees from Portugal sang The Star-Spangled Banner fresh off the boat. To be fair, they were coached in advance “by missionaries returning from their abortive voyage aboard the Zemsam.”