Badway left the field to thunderous roars, and kept the energy up long after he sung the line, "Home of the brave." Still juiced, he pumped his fist and bounced toward the dugout, sharing fist-bumps with manager Charlie Manuel and pitcher J.C. Romero, then a spirited high-five with outfielder Jayson Werth."You can't teach that type of enthusiasm," Werth said. "He was giving everybody knuckles and fives. I wanted to congratulate him on a job well done." As with any performance, Badway's interpretation was left open to criticism, so the reviews were mixed. Some emerged from the dugout and watched intently, while others tried to keep from laughing. "I enjoyed it," catcher Chris Coste said. "The guy did a really good job. He took it seriously. It was the first time I saw a guy move around a little bit. He put his own spin on it, and I thought it was pretty good." "That might have been the worst I've ever seen," countered outfielder Geoff Jenkins. "Simon Cowell [of "American Idol"] would have ripped him apart. Paula [Abdul] would have said he looked good, though."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.