The 2018 World Series started on Oct. 23 as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played game one at Fenway Park in Boston. The Dodgers and Red Sox play in two of the largest markets in Major League Baseball and attracted some of the most high profile musicians throughout the United States.
In game one of the series, the national anthem was sung by James Taylor, who is a native of Boston. At 70 years of age, Taylor is still performing at a high level. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor is best known for the song "You've Got A Friend."
In game two of the series at Fenway Park, the famous Boston Pops Orchestra performed the Star Spangled Banner. The Boston Pops was accompanied by vocalists from the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children's Chorus. The conductor will be Keith Lockhart.
When the World Series shifted to Los Angeles for game three of the World Series, the anthem singer was country music star Brad Paisley. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Paisley has been a huge fan of the Dodgers over the years and also sang before game two of the 2017 World Series in a game between the Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Paisley also performed prior to the longest World Series game in history as the Dodgers defeated the Red Sox 3-2 in 18 innings.
Country music would also be the theme for game four of the World Series. The anthem singers were country music group Rascal Flatts, who also performed this year during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Nashville. The 2018 performance was the second time Rascal Flatts performed at the World Series. They also performed prior to game four of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. Finally, game five of the World Series was sung by U.S. Coast Guard reservist known as Dalager.
The Red Sox won the 2018 World Series four games to one over the Dodgers. After winning both games in Boston to open the series, the Red Sox won two of the last three games in southern California. The World Series most valuable player was Steve Pearce, who was acquired during the season by Boston from the Toronto Blue Jays. In only 12 at-bats, Pearce had four extra base hits. He had three home runs, one double, a batting average of .333 and eight runs batted in.