SAN DIEGO (ABC NEWS) – The San Diego, California Gay Men’s Chorus were set to perform the National Anthem at Saturday night’s Padre’s baseball game; but that’s not what happened.
About one hundred chorus members, all volunteers, took the field but instead of their voices being heard, a recording of a woman singing anthem was broadcast on Petco Park’s public address system.
According to a message on the chorus’s Facebook page, the singers were forced to stay on the field while the recording played. The chorus was there to participate in the Padres’ “out in the park” festivities.
The Padres posted a statement on Twitter apologizing to anyone in the ballpark who may have been offended, saying a mistake was made in the Petco Park control room.
The team went on to say it’s reached out to the chorus to express its “deep regret” for the error.
By Sunday, KSWB-TV reported the Padres took disciplinary action against the employee who was responsible for the game production Saturday.