It’s no secret that Brad Paisley is a diehard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, when the country singer performed the National Anthem at the 2018 World Series game between the Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 26, he went all out to show his pride for the team.
Dressed in a Dodgers jersey and holding a paisley-patterned blue guitar, the “She’s Everything” singer belted out a heartfelt rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Game 3 of this year’s World Series — but it wasn’t a standard performance.
Just listen to him sing the National Anthem in this video posted by Fox Sports to its Facebook page:
Fireworks lit up the sky as Paisley reached the high notes, causing fans sitting in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to cheer wildly. But his version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” received an unexpected boost that made the performance even more special: F-15s flew over the stadium as Paisley sang “home of the brave.”
The incredible timing surprised everyone, including Paisley, who posted photos of his World Series performance to his Instagram account. “Anybody got a picture of the moment the F15’s flew over?” he wrote in the post’s caption. “I’ve never experienced anything like the roar of that timed out with the lyric that said ‘of the brave’…”
Unfortunately for Paisley, the 18-inning game didn’t result in the ultimate victory for his favorite team. Though the Dodgers beat the Red Sox that night, the two teams went on to play two more games, with the Red Sox securing their fourth World Series title since 2004 at the end of Game 5 on Sunday, Oct. 28.
This is not the first time Paisley has performed the national anthem at a World Series game. The “Remind Me” singer belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Dodgers and the Houston Astros. (The Dodgers didn’t go home with the trophy last year, either — that honor went to the Astros, who clinched their first World Series title after winning four games to three.) Paisley also sang at the 1999 World Series.
What did you think of Paisley’s rendition of the National Anthem at this year’s World Series?