We aren’t sure what the numbers are, but it sure feels like everyone in America is tuning in to this year’s World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. With two teams that haven’t been to the Series in decades, it’s obviously a huge (and nerve-wracking) opportunity for a performer to get in front of the largest audience they may ever get a chance to sing for.

Country singers aren’t afraid to tackle the challenge! Not when it comes to singing the national anthem. LoCash performed a beautifully harmonized version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Cleveland before Game 2 of this year’s series. The “W” that night went to the Cubbies.

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Now, baseball fans believe in luck, the streak and in lots of rituals that they think contribute to the win, so when another country star, Hunter Hayes, stepped onto the field to perform the national anthem before Game 6, you can bet that Cubs fans might have started thinking they had it in the bag.

Known as much for his jazzy vocal riffs as his killer guitar licks, the handsome, young country singer put his signature spin on “The Star-Spangled Banner.” While the performance earned him a roar of approval from the crowd, Twitter wasn’t quite as kind.

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Others were quick to come to Hunter’s defense:

Now, maybe you aren’t superstitious, but the Cubbies did go on to win and tie up the series, resulting in a Game 7, so Hunter did prove to be good luck for Chicago.

What did you think of Hunter’s performance? Is Twitter being too harsh to the young country star?

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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