The 2017 MLB All-Star Game took place at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday Night and like any other baseball game, the national anthems were sung before the first pitch.
Bebe Rexha sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ and Canadian artist and Calgary native Jocelyn Alice had the honour of singing ‘O Canada’.
Jocelyn’s performance of the anthem was an interesting one, getting immediate reactions from players on the field, including Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak and Cincinnati Reds first baseman and Toronto native, Joey Votto. (See videos).
Several players turned toward the singer, when she let out a giggle during the anthem. That giggle sent baseball fans to social media, where they let their opinions be known on the performance. Much of it was negative calling the singer ‘unprofessional’ and ‘disrespectful’.
Others online showed love and support. Some came to Jocelyn’s defense, saying the giggle was only because of nerves and no disrespect was intended.
This is the second year in a row that ‘O Canada’ came to the forefront at baseball’s mid-summer classic. At the 2016 game in San Diego during a performance by The Tenors, former member Remigio Pereira held up an ‘All Lives Matter’ sign and changed the lyrics during the anthem performance. Pereira was let go from the group a few days later.