Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Three fascinating anthem hopefuls for McKechnie

Tim Eggert whistles national anthem at Pirate City auditions.
Tim Eggert. Paul Villaluz. Coz Serrapere.
They were three of the 47 people, young and old, who auditioned last Saturday morning at the Pirate City cafeteria for the honor of singing our national anthem this spring at McKechnie Field.
Eggert is a world-ranked whistler, who distinguished himself two years ago winning his category at the 2011 International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg, N.C.
Here's the link to his version of the national anthem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKp7X_F-8jE
Paul Villaluz has probably performed the national anthem in an athletic setting more than the other 46 folks combined last Saturday.
He sang it 229 times over a decade for hockey's Las Vegas Wranglers, who flew him back last month to do the honors again at the club's 10th anniversary.
Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIOOuyCDMVk
Coz Serrapere has never performed the national anthem before a ballgame in his long career as an entertainer, born and raised in Pittsburgh.
Like Villaluz, he was in Las Vegas, but as an entertainer doing Dean Martin and Rat Pack favorites.
He's good at it, too.
Here's his tribute to Steeler Super Bowl champions of yore:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIOOuyCDMVk
Whether all of them makes the cut to sing at McKechnie, we'll find out soon enough.
The Pirates' Grapefruit League home opener is Feb. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.

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