Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sings At Braves Game; Hilarity Ensues
Pro wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts is one of the best microphone artists the sport has ever seen. His delivery was like that of a preacher; it could reach your soul and drive a fear of God you’ve never felt before. Unfortunately for Mr. Roberts (real name: Aurelian Smith, Jr.), those mic skills don’t apply when he tries to sing. The Atlanta Braves invited Roberts to perform “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at last night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, it didn’t go too well. Deadspin gets the points for breaking this story.
In Jake’s defense, thisisn’t the worst singing sports fans have seen at a sporting event. Here are a few others that make Mr. Roberts sound like Robert Goulet.
Mike Ditka sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field–July 6, 1998
At the end of the song, Coach Ditka gives a scream that Howard Dean would emulate on the 2004 campaign trail.
Mr. T sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field–Memorial Day 2009
I pity the fool that allowed him to get on the mic and sing.
Ashlee Simpson Gets Booed at the 2005 Orange Bowl
Just a few months before this performance, Simpson was embroiled in a lip-synching controversy following an appearance on Saturday Night Live. This off-key performance certainly didn’t help her reputation or her music career. When 72,000 people boo you mercilessly, it might be time to reconsider your line of work.
Carl Lewis Sings the National Anthem, January 21, 1993
This is still the gold standard of all bad sports stadium performances. To give credit where credit’s due, Lewis’s voice isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, it got away from him in this performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” before a Nets-Bulls game. Twenty years later, casual sports fans know Lewis better for this than his Olympic successes.