Why Marc Anthony Is "American as Apple Pie"

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Via MarcAnthonyOnline.com

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the National League East was still up for grabs. Having taken three of four games against the Marlins, the third-place New York Mets squad was within five games of its division rival, the Atlanta Braves, and set to start a series against the awful Pittsburg Pirates that evening.

But the excitement of a promising playoff run was suddenly interrupted -- everything was -- at 8:46 a.m. when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Shortly thereafter, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the south tower. Next, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. And then finally, United Airlines Flight 93, likely headed toward Washington D.C., went down in an open Pennsylvania field.

America had been attacked. But it hadn't been defeated.

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On September 21, the Mets made an emotional return to Shea Stadium to open up a series against the Braves, bringing baseball back to New York City for the first time since the attack earlier that month.

The team asked native New Yorker and All-American salsa crooner Marc Anthony to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" that night, setting up what would become one of the most poignant renditions of our country's national anthem in professional sports history.

Of course, Anthony didn't know that 12 years later he'd have to defend his citizenship and patriotism at the Mets' home field after singing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

"Why'd they ask me to do it?" Anthony asked, incredulously repeating a reporter's question following his All-Star appearance. "Because I'm as American as apple pie. I was born and raised in New York."


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Vanessa Black
Vanessa Black

A little late to the party NT. This made the news weeks ago. Let's not go all Herald here.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Why are we discussing something that happened weeks ago? If NT thought it so important it should have been posted before at least half a dozen other bullshit stories were.

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