Someone over at MLB sure loves country music. Last night, Scotty McCreery sang the National Anthem at the first game of the World Series. He was followed by fellow country superstar Trace Adkins, who belted out the song this evening at before Game 2 between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Adkins took off his black hat, obviously a display of respect since everyone removes their caps during the National Anthem, and delivered a perfect rendition. His deep voice resonated throughout a packed Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He was spot on, and it was a roaring rendition like only he could deliver. We love how he nailed the “free” part at the end of the song, too.

And while Scotty McCreery suffered a brief microphone malfunction, Adkins had no technical difficulties and didn’t stumble lyrically at all. But we have to admit we knew that somehow Trace Adkins would get this right. He’s a proud American who knows his National Anthem word-for-word and would probably consider flubbing the lyrics an act of treason — or at the very least, a slap in the face of his country.

Adkins was also sporting the same green windbreaker that Scotty wore last night, with “World Series” stitched on the front.

The series shifts to Arlington, Texas on Saturday. Ronnie Dunn is slated to sing the National Anthem at that game, which is further evidence that MLB hearts country music. It’s a country trifecta of National Anthems across the first few games.

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