Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift Go to Bat
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift will participate in Game 3 of the World Series, when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. And both have close, personal ties to one team in particular.
Swift, who counts the Phillies as her home team, will sing the national anthem to kick off the game. While she has had several opportunities to perform the national anthem, including for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Harlem Wizards, and at the U.S. Open, this will be her first time performing for the Phillies. Her first time ever singing the national anthem was at the young age of ten, when she sang for the Reading Phillies, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
McGraw, whose father was Phillies legend Tug McGraw, will hand-deliver the game ball to the pitcher's mound, along with one lucky member from the local Boys and Girls Club. Tug, who passed away in 2004, was a pitcher for the Phillies, and pitched the final strike in the 1980 World Series to clinch the game.
Game 3 of the World Series airs at 8 PM ET Saturday on FOX.