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World  Series
10/27/2002 7:30 pm ET 
Abbott part of pre-game festivities
By Alyson Footer /

Jim Abbott played six seasons with the Angels. (AP Photo)
ANAHEIM -- If anyone should be happy the World Series reached a Game 7, it's Melissa Etheridge. The two-time Grammy Award winner will sing the national anthem prior to the final Major League Baseball game to be played in 2002.

The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and is best known for international hits such as "Bring Me Some Water", "I'm The Only One," "I Want to Come Over" and "Come To My Window."

Back to Performing in front of a large audience is nothing new to Etheridge. She also opened the 2000 Democratic Convention, inducted Janis Joplin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed with Bruce Springsteen during her own MTV Unplugged television special.

Former big-league pitcher Jim Abbott will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Abbott, who was born without a right hand, conquered overwhelming obstacles and enjoyed an 11-year career that included six seasons with the Angels, two each with the Yankees and White Sox, respectively, and one with the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Sept. 4, 1993, Abbott threw a five-walk no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium.

Abbott, who retired after the '99 season, compiled a career record of 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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