Harper to Play Organ During Blue Jays 7th Inning Stretch
TORONTO — Nearly 50,000 Blue Jays fans will see the team take on the Texas Rangers today — and as a surprise bonus will see Prime Minister Stephen Harper play his organ and sing “I Did It My Way” and a medley of other songs.
Harper’s 7th inning guest performance was announced by the PM himself this morning and blindsided Blue Jays management who told CTV they are now scrambling to arrange a portable stage that will cover the pitcher’s mound at Rogers Centre.
“To say we were gobsmacked would be an understatement,” Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told Canada AM as news of the PM’s executive order began to break.“We were told in blunt terms first thing this morning that Prime Minister Harper’s helicopter will land in right field immediately after the final out of the top of the seventh.”
“Mr. Harper has ordered a 2-metre riser stage for a 15-minute musical act featuring, and I quote, “songs real Canadians will sing along with” and a “2-minute solo organ performance.”
“On behalf of the Blue Jays organization and our entire team, we apologize in advance…politics should never be a part of baseball.”
“When I’m 64” — The Beatles
“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” — Bachman-Turner Overdrive
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” — Rolling Stones
“Daydream Believer” — Anne Murray
“I am the Champion” — (variations) Queen
“I Did It My Way” — Paul Anka (Frank Sinatra version)
“O Canada/The Maple Leaf Forever/God Save the Queen” — closing rap medley.Social media reaction was instant and harsh with #harpersawanker trending in massive numbers on Canadian sites according to CBC.
“plug your ears and cover your eyes,” tweeted normally upbeat Blue Jays pitcher David Price.
“harper should be charged with an error.”
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