The Grateful Dead Rock the National Anthem at Candlestick Park: Opening Day, 1993

The 2013 base­ball sea­son starts next week, and it’s a time when hope springs eter­nal — unless you root for the Cubs, the injury-laden Yan­kees, or the Pirates, Indi­ans, or var­i­ous oth­er small mar­ket teams. But let’s not get side­tracked by all of that. Today, we’re head­ing into the past, 20 years deep, and we’re think­ing about Base­ball, Apple Pie and the Grate­ful Dead. You heard me right, the Grate­ful Dead. On April 12, 1993, Jer­ry Gar­cia, Bob Weir, and Vince Wel­nick (then a key­boardist with the band) did the hon­ors on open­ing day at Can­dle­stick Park, singing the nation­al anthem before the San Fran­cis­co Giants — Flori­da Mar­lins game. If you thought the Dead could nev­er car­ry a tune, you’re in for a lit­tle sur­prise.

A few key things to remem­ber about this 1993 moment. 1) It was the first sea­son of base­ball for the new Mar­lins expan­sion team. 2) Bar­ry Bonds was still skin­ny and lean and home­red in his first at bat. And 3) it was the only time that Jer­ry sang the anthem at a ball game. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh made a return vis­it last fall.

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  • Tony W says:

    It is the begin­ning of the base­ball sea­son and every­one believe their team have a shot of win­ning the pen­nant until around the mid­dle of May…another good thing about the base­ball sea­son, we know sum­mer is on its way!!!

    Thank God!!!

  • Kevin Benner says:

    Pause this video at 2:11 and look at the fly­ing saucer!

  • Doug Selke says:

    Nev­er saw so many VW vans in the Can­dle­stick park­ing lot that day!! It was an awe­some day that I won’t for­get!

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