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BRADENTON -- Forty strong they came this morning, livening up McKechnie Field despite the gray, damp overcast.

They were at the ol’ ballpark on Ninth Street West for the Pittsburgh Pirates' annual national anthem tryouts.

“Different feels, different ages, different styles. It was impressive,” said Joel Godett, the Pirates coodinator of communications afterward. “The national anthem is hard to do -- get out there in front of any amount of people. But we’re happy with who we had today.”

Those chosen will sing before Pittsburgh Pirates spring training games at McKechnie as well as before Bradenton Marauder Florida State League games, too.

For the full story, see Vin's coverage in the Sunday Bradenton Herald.