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Changing his stripes?


Nobody can bring a baseball game to a screeching halt quite like Dr. Ronan Tynan. Now he’s coming to Boston.

Quick, somebody close the door.

The Yankees loved trotting out the Irish tenor for playoff games and having him sing his extra-long, “we’re more patriotic than you are” version of God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of playoff games. As opposing players waited impatiently, Tynan would belt out the song then shake hands with a grinning Rudy Giuliani on his way off the field.

That all ended last fall. Tynan was accused of making an anti-Semitic remark and the Yankees banned him from singing. Tynan denies any malicious intent, but has found life in Manhattan intolerable due to the backlash and is moving to Boston.

The Irish Echo newspaper reported the news, which the New York Times expanded on today.

The story implies that Tynan may become a Red Sox fan. Could that mean he’ll be singing God Bless America at Fenway Park?

Let’s hope not. There are plenty of singers in Boston and thereabouts. Kay Hanley, James Taylor, any kid at Berklee, etc. Ex-Yankee fans need not apply. It would be like the Dropkick Murphys playing Tessie in the Bronx.

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