METALLICA and the San Francisco Giants held the seventh annual "Metallica Night" Friday (April 26) at Oracle Park — formerly AT&T Park — in San Francisco as the Giants took the field against the New York Yankees.
As in previous years, METALLICA guitarists Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield performed the national anthem before drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The guitars used for national anthem were autographed by the entire band, which includes bassist Robert Trujilo, and raffled off.
Hetfield said about the yearly event: "We're blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here. You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support."
Hammett added: "It's great. It's a lot of fun. It's a good opportunity for us to interact with our home team, hometown, and interact with the people of the Bay Area in San Francisco. And for me, it's a lot of fun to be able to play the national anthem."
Hammett told ESPN.com that he feels the version of the national anthem he plays is "really unique and different," and it's great that he can play it for his home team and hometown audience.
METALLICA has always kept strong ties to the Bay Area sports scene: the band has also performed before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.