Suzyn Waldman paid off a promise to Gerrit Cole by singing the National Anthem on opening day at Yankee Stadium, and she paid off another tradition when it was used before the Yankees’ first “home” playoff game in the ALDS.
Now, she’s paying it forward.
A new recording of Suzyn’s version of the National Anthem is available for purchase for 99 cents on almost every music streaming or download website (think iTunes, Amazon Music, etc.), with the proceeds going to City Meals on Wheels in the Bronx.
“A lot of people reached out and asked me to record it and sell it,” Waldman told the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert about her anthem. “I couldn’t sell my own stuff, but someone mentioned doing it to help out with COVID relief. So, I thought if it could go to charity, I would do it.”
Waldman chose City Meals on Wheels after spending her entire summer in the Bronx – broadcasters did not travel with their teams this year – and seeing the plight of that part of the city.
“I wanted to make sure it was something that I could get the money right there, and spending all the time in the Bronx, I wanted something that had to do with helping to feed people because the needs around the city and every place are dire,” Waldman told Ackert. “I thought of the elderly there whose kids and grandkids would probably take care of them, who may be afraid to go see them because of this virus, or they’ve lost jobs. It’s just so hard to pick, but I’ve always liked to help the elderly and I know so many people over the years who are dependent on that.”
Take a look back below at Suzyn’s rendition of the Anthem on opening day, and please, visit iTunes or your favorite music download service to purchase your own copy and help Suzyn help others!
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