Backstreet's Back, All Right!

There are a lot of things we can count on to annoy us during the World Series this season. First there will be the complaints about the fact that the Phillies and Rays just don't have large enough fanbases to bring in viewers, which I couldn't care less about because all that matters to me is the baseball being played. Then, of course, we're going to have to deal with listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver for a week and a half. Finally, there will be all those scripted conversations in the dugout about Taco Bell, and how Shane Victorino plans on getting free tacos for Americans everywhere.

So with all that annoyingness preparing to attack you in the coming nights, I bring you this warning: Do not tune in for the national anthem before game one. Unless you really hate your ears, anyway.

Move over, B.K. Jackson. The Backstreet Boys will be singing the national anthem of game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, according to team fan experience director Darcy Raymond. Throwing out the first pitch will be Pinellas County Commissioner Bob Stewart. Stewart was a St. Petersburg City Council member back on July 24, 1986, who voted with five others to build the stadium even when the area didn't have a team.

Yes, the Rays are pulling out all the stops for their first World Series appearance. Apparently the New Kids on the Block are too busy touring. Still, I suppose this makes sense when you think about it. Just about everybody on the Rays roster is 23 or 24 years old, and that would make them the perfect age to have been Backstreet Boys fans when the group was popular.

Maybe I should tune in just to see Evan Longoria screaming and then fainting in the dugout.

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