Singers Hoping for a Home Run at Citi Field

By Erica Butler
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 7:28 PM EDT
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Contestants Throw Best Pitch at Mets Anthem Tryouts

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Contestants Throw Best Pitch at Mets Anthem Tryouts

Hopefuls lined up around Citifield in Queens for a chance to sing the National Anthem before a Mets game this season.
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Judges are hoping for good pitch today at Citi Field, but for once it has nothing to do with a ball or glove.

The New York Mets hosted their annual Anthem Search today, as contestants auditioned for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem before a 2010 game.

They are asked to perform a song of their choice a capella. The only exception is that it can not be the National Anthem.

Vocalists will be judged by Kevin Mambo, the lead from Broadway musical Fela!, 98.7 FM's Bob Slade, and Jason Schoenberger, that 2008 Anthem Search winner.

Many are expected to try out, but only the first 100 on line are guaranteed an audition. 

"It all depends on time," says Danielle Parillo, communications director for Queens' finest baseball team. "We will try to audition as many as possible."

Parillo says there's not cap on the number of contestants asked to return for the final round as long as they have the "chops" to make it through. Last year, approximately 25 finalists made it to the last round.

Auditions began at 11 a.m. and are being held at Citi Field.

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