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Andrew Baransky of Dix Hills, a plebe at (Credit: David Pokress)

Andrew Baransky of Dix Hills, a plebe at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, auditions for a chance to sing the national anthem at Mets games during the team's annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

Mets' anthem auditions

Long Island a cappella singers made an impressive showing at the Mets' annual anthem auditions at Citi Field, where hundreds camped out to be among the first 100 guaranteed a chance to try out to open a game with "The Star-Spangled Banner" this season. READ THE STORY.

From left, judges Nicole Hesse, Tina Mannix and
(Credit: David Pokress)

From left, judges Nicole Hesse, Tina Mannix and Sarah Lee Owensby listen to a singer audition during the Mets' annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

From left, judges Nicole Hesse, Tina Mannix and
(Credit: David Pokress)

From left, judges Nicole Hesse, Tina Mannix and Sarah Lee Owensby listen as singers audition for a chance to sing the national anthem at Mets games during the team's annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

Paul Askedall of Farmingdale auditions for a chance
(Credit: David Pokress)

Paul Askedall of Farmingdale auditions for a chance to sing the national anthem at Mets games during the team's annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

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Andrew Baransky of Dix Hills, a plebe at
(Credit: David Pokress)

Andrew Baransky of Dix Hills, a plebe at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, auditions for a chance to sing the national anthem at Mets games during the team's annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

Cassandra Whitehead, 12, of upstate Millerton, auditions for
(Credit: David Pokress)

Cassandra Whitehead, 12, of upstate Millerton, auditions for a chance to sing the national anthem at Mets games during the team's annual anthem auditions at Citi Field. (March 14, 2011)

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