"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.”
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.”