New Yorker Billy Joel to sing National Anthem at World Series Game 3
The following are the activities and guests planned for World Series Game 3 in New York City.
Legendary musician Billy Joel, will perform the National Anthem prior to Game Three of the 2015 World Series. Joel, who famously performed the last concert at Shea Stadium in 2008, has sung the National Anthem each of the last two times the Mets were in the World Series (1986 at Shea Stadium, 2000 at Yankee Stadium).
Ceremonial First Pitch:
Mike Piazza, 12-Time MLB All-Star and Mets Hall of Famer Mike Piazza will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Game Three.
Veteran of the Game:
Oregon Army National Guardsman Specialist Alek Skarlatos will be the “Veteran of the Game.” In August, Skarlatos was among a group who stopped a gunman from opening fire on a Paris-bound train from Amsterdam. Skarlatos, who has been awarded the United States Army Soldier’s Medal from President Barack Obama, is competing on this season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. At every home game at Citi Field, the Mets salute the “Veteran of the Game.” A player presents the honoree with an American flag that flew over Citi Field. This is a continuation of MLB’s commitment to veterans and families, including through Welcome Back Veterans (www.welcomebackveterans.org)
Winner announced for Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevrolet :
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced in a press conference prior to Game Three. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The annual Award pays tribute to Roberto Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
‘God Bless America’ performance:
Singing “God Bless America” before the bottom of the 7th inning will be United States Arm Master Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger from Newburgh, New York. Master Sgt. Messenger is the premier vocalist for the West Point Band. This is her second World Series “God Bless America” performance as she did so during Game One of the 2009 World Series.
Elijah McDuffie, 15, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, will deliver the ceremonial first ball to the mound with Mets Hall of Famer John Franco. McDuffie is a sophomore at Richmond Hill High School.
MLB/SU2C/Mets/UMPS CARE hospital visit:
The New York Mets, Major League Baseball, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and UMPS CARE Charities made a special visit with kids at the Tisch Cancer Institute and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Members of the umpiring crew working the 2015 World Series offered Build-A-Bear Workshop® stuffed animals to patients and families at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Each child chose from a variety of pre-stuffed animals as well as clothing outfits for their new “furry friend.” The umpires also visited rooms for kids who were not able to be at the event. Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer & former Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, former Mets closer Jesse Orosco, Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen (who’s featured in a new SU2C/MLB PSA campaign for awareness of pediatric cancers), MLB Goodwill Ambassador Vera Clemente and representatives from SU2C and the Mets, also visited with the kids as they work on Mets and baseball-related arts & crafts later that afternoon.
In-Game-SU2C Moment: MLB and Stand Up To Cancer will conduct a special in-game moment at Citi Field with players, umpires, coaches and fans, as they all hold up placards with the names of loved ones affected by the disease. The moment, which will take place after the 5th inning, will have a special focus on the need to support awareness for pediatric cancers.
Make-A-Wish: MLB will host three young fans from the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose wishes were to attend the World Series – Trey Georg, 12, from Madison, TX, Lincoln Becker, 10, from Fairmont, MN, and Connor Coughenour, 11, from Santa Clarita, CA, who are all battling life-threatening illnesses. All three will stand on the field with players during the in-game Stand Up To Cancer moment.
Mastercard donation presentation to SU2C: During pre-game ceremonies, MasterCard executives along with Ambassador Sandra Lee will present a $4.25 million donation to SU2C, which was raised through its 2015 “Priceless Causes” campaign. Over the past five years, the MasterCard program has raised a total of more thatn $30 million for critical cancer research.