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Billy Joel has a long, sentimental history with the New York Mets, and before Game 3 of the World Series Friday night, he sang the National Anthem at New York’s Citifield.

It was the Mets’ first home game of the series, and they beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3. It was also Joel’s third time singing the National Anthem for the team — he had performed when the Mets were in the 1986 World Series and in the 2000 Subway Series when the Yankees beat the Mets.

Joel, who was raised on New York’s Long Island, also helped the team close down their former home, Shea Stadium, in 2008 when he played the last musical performances ever in the venue. The shows were later turned into a DVD series, Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert.

Mets fans honored Joel on Friday by serenading him with his hit single, “Piano Man,” during the 8th inning, a tradition that happens at every game.