"American Idol" reject William Hung butchered "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during yesterday's game between the Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, much to the crowd's delight.
Hung, best known for his hyperactive, tone-deaf rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs," shrugged off a smattering of boos and belted out the baseball classic off-key during the seventh-inning stretch. Some in the SkyDome crowd of 22,225 egged him on; some joined in.
Hung's presence drew media usually indifferent to baseball, including Rolling Stone magazine. The team said more media credentials were issued yesterday than on Opening Day.
The Blue Jays initially tried to get Hung for Opening Day, but that conflicted with the release of his debut album, "Inspiration."
"I still am surprised," Hung said before the game. "I can't believe it."
Hung also sang at New Orleans during Game 6 of the Hornets' first-round playoff series against Miami. In the second round, he was booed in Detroit when he performed two songs during halftime of Game 2 between the Pistons and New Jersey.
A Striking Resemblance
Two friends achieved a bowling rarity at a national tournament in Reno, Nev.: side-by-side 300 games.
Douglas Otto of Salisbury, Pa., and Mike Brobst of Cumberland, Md., rolled the perfect games late Thursday at the 101st American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament.
The two, who have been bowling together for 20 years, achieved the feat in the same game on the same pair of lanes at the National Bowling Stadium.