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Patriotic singers

Patriotic singers — From Billy Joel to Marc Anthony, we grade the stars who led to National Anthem at the Subway Series

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Patriotic singers

Platinum, schmatinum. The true test of a singer’s vocal gymnastics is an all-eyes-on-you rendering of ”The Star-Spangled Banner.” At the first Subway Series in 44 years, Mets and Yankees fans got earfuls of five acts. Who struck a chord — and who struck out?

BILLY JOEL
Despite the I’m-just-gonna-grab-a-beer amble to the mike, Long Island’s own Captain Jack kicked off the series with a refreshingly low-key and on-key rendition.
RED GLARE
Booming cheers notwithstanding, Mr. Big Shot didn’t crack a smile.
Grade A-

ROBERT MERRILL
The ”fan favorite” has been a fixture at games for years — probably why Merrill reminded us of a tipsy relative at a wedding.
RED GLARE
He sang the easier-on-the-cords ”America the Beautiful” and, uh, rearranged the lyrics.
Grade B-

‘N SYNC
Solid a cappella, but the nymph-voiced lads seemed genuinely unnerved by the raucous booing of hardened New Yawkers.
RED GLARE
To take the edge off fans’ snickering, the camera angled around and settled on… a view up Joe Torre’s nose.
Grade B+

SHERYL CROW
Looking like a Charlie’s Angels extra, the screechy Crow (who hung on to the mike for dear life) may have shattered the sound barrier with the highest pitches of the game.
RED GLARE
Did she have to jump an octave in the home stretch? Ouch.
Grade C-

MARC ANTHONY
Sidestepping his more recognizable salsa-fied, sensual persona, Anthony gave an achingly gentle, beautifully soulful coda to the Series.
RED GLARE
If you need to know, we’ve still got goose bumps.
Grade A