You’ve probably heard of the Three Tenors, the Irish Tenors and the Ten Tenors, I assume? Now comes word of a new group, the Three Baritones. That’s what I’m calling a newly constituted group that will be singing the national anthem on opening day for the White Sox. Those three singers happen to be me and my two sons, Dan (a reporter for WGN-TV) and Anthony (an anchor-reporter for NBC-5). The Sox asked us and we couldn’t refuse. For lifelong Sox fans, this is a huge honor!
As some of you may know, Dan was a professional singer (with the group he founded, Straight No Chaser) and Anthony has a nice singing voice, too. Here’s a clip of them earlier this year singing at a charity event:
As for me, I haven’t performed the national anthem since I was part of a group called The Singing Ushers at East Chicago Washington High School in northwest Indiana. We would sing the national anthem at basketball games and then help people to their seats. Nice duty.
So we are rehearsing so we can try to do a decent job. As I told my sons — to use baseball terminology — we don’t have to hit it out of the park, we just have to make contact with the ball. Also, I hope that the law of low expectations will help carry the day!