Beverly Preschool Teacher Sings National Anthem At Fenway Park

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- The Red Sox day-night doubleheader with the Orioles Wednesday started with a 1:05 P.M tilt. That was because of a postponement Tuesday night.

The organization had to make some adjustments on the fly and that included finding a replacement to sing the Star Spangled Banner. 

They turned at the very last minute to a woman from Beverly, a Salem preschool teacher named Julie Macsata. Macsata is not a professional singer, but she sings a lot for her parents who run a karaoke company. 

She caught the ear of a family friend one night, a Red Sox ambassador, who thought Macsata was great. The ambassador got a CD to Red Sox brass.

Nothing came of it until that emergency call Tuesday night for the Wednesday game. Macsata told WBZ'S Drew Moholland that it was 'a crazy day,' she wasn't even sure she could get the day off from school, but in the end she did. 

Julie Macsata

Macsata said it was nerve racking leading up to the game because the most people she's ever performed in front of was 300 and Fenway holds 30,000 plus. She said that made her want to 'vomit a little.'

In the end, Macsata did the anthem and did a great job. 

She said as soon as she got the microphone in her hand she was relaxed, she adds the goal was just "don't mess up, get it right!"

 She said she is "humbled and so grateful" to have been given this opportunity.

Full Interview: Julie Macsata with WBZ NewsRadio1030's Drew Moholland

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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