Jays had wanted Hung for Opening Day

Updated: May 30, 2004, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- American Idol reject William Hung butchered "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during Sunday's game between the Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, much to the crowd's delight.

William Hung
APWilliam Hung brought his own, um, unique style to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" in Toronto.
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 Sunday 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 Nets.


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