As the Best Fans in Baseball know, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal are excellent flameballers and all-around good guys. But what's finally getting everyone's attention lately is their adorable exuberance for karaoke.
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At a recent benefit for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Wainwright and Rosenthal showed off their daddy dynamics by duetting on a karaoke version of "Love Is an Open Door" from Disney's Frozen. Both men have young daughters and other assorted family members, so we can only imagine how many times they'd been forced to listen to songs from the Oscar-winning film before finally deciding to give a tune a go -- and they did it with feeling. Lots and lots of feeling.
In the video below, Rosenthal took the part of joyful Anna, while Wainwright sang for the duplicitous Hans:
And for reference, here's the original Disney version:
As the Riverfront Times' designated karaoke connoisseur, I'm compelled to point out a few of the great things Wainwright and Rosenthal did to give the audience a memorable performance. I've got expert opinions to share, people! So take note, because National Karaoke Week kicks off Sunday, April 20, and you'll want to pick up some pointers for the seven days of sing-along fun you're surely planning.
SONG CHOICE Normally, we're not fans of Disney songs at a karaoke bar. But before you grab your pitchforks and head our way, we caveat that you should consider tailoring your song choices to your venue and audience; what might work in a gay bar or college lounge might draw ire at a dive bar. But the Cardinals pitchers were at a benefit for an organization that helps children, so the song from the kid-friendly Frozen absolutely was appropriate. Moreover, "Love Is an Open Door" was uplifting and inspiring, and we're sure it encouraged others to have a little fun with their own song choices.
Continue for more karaoke tips and an encore performance by Wainwright.