More often than not, those who are either invited or chosen to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a professional sporting event are given the chance of a lifetime. I certainly couldn’t do it. So, I respect those who go through with it.
Saturday night prior to the Dodgers-Padres game at Petco Park, one hundred volunteer singers from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus were ready to proudly sing the national anthem.
However, upon the commencement of the song, whoever was controlling the audio up in the control room accidentally played an audio file of a single woman singing the anthem.
UPDATE (5/23/16): The San Diego Padres concluded their internal investigation on the event that happened Saturday night at Petco Park. Citing “no malicious intent” whatsoever. They’ve fired a third-party contractor and disciplined employees responsible for the blunder. Read the full statement from the club here.
They’ve accepted responsibility and got rid of the cause of the problem. Also, an invitation has been extended from the Padres to invite the chorus back to sing at a future game. No word yet whether the invitation has been accepted. If this is not enough to silence the critics or soften the PR hit the club has endured already, I’m not sure what else can be done. There’s more to life than focusing on this more than what’s already transpired.