There will be a Detroit flavor to the pregame music at the first two World Series games this weekend.
Bob Seger will perform “America the Beautiful” before Game 1 on Saturday night, while Anita Baker will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 2 on Sunday night. It will be the first time Seger has performed the anthem before a national television audience.
“The comment is... ‘Whoooooooo!’ ” an ebullient Baker said Thursday from Las Vegas, where she’s fi lming an NBC holiday special. “I was so honored and fl attered. (The World Series) is such a great thing for Detroit.
“There’s such a great buzz, in town and out of town,” she added. “Here in Vegas, people are going ‘How about them Tigers?!’ Kiss gave us that title, ‘Detroit Rock City,’ but it’s really turning into ‘Detroit Sports City.’ ”
Baker said she was initially offered Game 1 but couldn’t make it because of the TV taping. “I thought, ‘Dang. ...’ Then they said, ‘How about Game 2?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am so there...!’ ”
Seger is in the midst of rehearsals for his fi rst concert tour in 10 years, supporting his new album, “Face the Promise.” The trek starts Nov. 8 in Grand Rapids and is expected to play the metro Detroit area just before Christmas.
Major League Baseball also announced Thursday that Tigers legends Al Kaline and Willie Horton, along with team owner Mike Ilitch, will throw out the ceremonial fi rst pitches before Game 1, while longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell will escort members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to the mound with the balls.
Former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson will throw out the first pitch at Game 2, with 1984 series MVP Alan Trammell escorting the Boys & Girls Club members.