"It just makes me so proud to be here today representing," says the Missouri native

For Sara Evans, performing the National Anthem before Game 2 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday night, was a homecoming of sorts.

“We always came to the Royals games when I was growing up,” Evans, a Missouri native, told MLB.com. “I have not lived in Missouri for a long time. I was in Nashville for years starting out my music career and then I got married and moved to Alabama, so I’m always cheering on the Royals and cheering on Missouri from afar. It just makes me so proud to be here today representing.”

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Though Evans, 44, admits singing in front of the hometown crowd did make her a little nervous, her plan to battle through the butterflies was simply to not think about it too much.

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“I’ve performed the National Anthem so many times in my life and it’s always such an honor but every time I think about it prior to the performance, my heartrate just goes,” says Evans. “I just get so nervous, but once I get out there, I’m totally fine.”