ST. PETERSBURG -- The last time Julianna Zobrist sang the national anthem at Tropicana Field her husband, Ben, took center stage, blasting a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th inning. Could Tampa Bay, down 0-2 to Boston in the American League Division Series, perhaps get a repeat?
"I have quite the bit to live up to I guess don't I?," Julianna said shortly after singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to Monday's Game 3. "No, these guys, they have it. They don't need luck. I'm just glad I get to be on the field with him. How cool is that? How many wives get to accompany their husbands onto their work space?"
A Christian alternative recording artist, Julianna was last on the Rays' home field on Sept. 7, 2012, and she got a big hug from Ben -- who uses her music as his walk-up song -- after stepping off the field on Monday night.
"The anthem in and of itself is powerful enough, but to have my husband out there and to sing it and hear all these voices was just phenomenal," she said. "I'm really blessed. Really glad they asked me."
Julianna came back out to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.
Rays senior advisor Dick Crippen delivered the ceremonial first pitch to a boisterous crowd at Tropicana Field. Crippen is a 49-year veteran of broadcasting Tampa Bay sports and joined the Rays in December 1999.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.