Scotty McCreery has already won "American Idol" and debuted with the No. 1 album in the nation. Tonight, the lifelong baseball fan will have another dream fulfilled — he'll be singing the National Anthem before the first game of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Scotty got a little practice earlier this month when he sang the National Anthem before N.C. State's home football game against Central Michigan. (See a photo gallery of that performance here.)
But in an interview this morning from St. Louis, Scotty said he's still "really nervous" because this is such a big stage to be singing on. He said his mother, Judy McCreery, has been having him write and rewrite the words to the song so he doesn't forget them.
He's also drinking a lot of warm tea today to get his voice ready. (It's cold and rainy in St. Louis this morning, he reports.)
Scotty won't be the only Wake County native on the field, of course. Josh Hamilton, the former Athens Drive high school baseball star, plays for the Rangers.
At his homecoming birthday bash at Walnut Creek this month, Scotty said he was pulling for the Milwaukee Brewers, because Milwaukee was his audition city when he began his "Idol" journey. But the Cardinals knocked the Brewers out, initially leaving Scotty without a rooting interest.
"I really didn't have a dog in this fight," said Scotty, a longtime Boston Red Sox fan.
In the end, he's pulling for Hamilton and the Rangers. "I've gotta root for the hometown boy," he said.
Scotty said he got to see Hamilton this summer while the "American Idols Live!" tour was going on. "He said, 'Hopefully I'll see you again in October!' " Scotty remembered.
Coverage of Game 1 of the World Series begins at 7:30 tonight on Fox, with the game scheduled to start about 8:05.
In other Scotty news, the Garner High School senior continued to do well with his album "Clear As Day" during its second week on the charts. The album sold 88,000 copies in Week 2 and placed fourth on the Billboard 200 music chart.
That put it just ahead of the debut week for Scotty's "Idol" runner-up, Lauren Alaina. Her "Wildflower" album sold 69,000 copies and was fifth on the Billboard chart.
The top three spots were taken by, in order, Evanesence, Adele and Five Finger Death Punch.
"Clear As Day" is No. 1 on the country chart for its second straight week. In two weeks, "Clear As Day" has sold a total of 285,000 albums, which includes both digital and physical copies.