Metallica and the San Francisco Giants held the seventh annual "Metallica Night" on Friday (April 26th) at Oracle Park in San Francisco as the Giants took the field against the New York Yankees. As in previous years, guitarists Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield performed the national anthem and drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The band also announced the team lineups.
Hetfield said about the yearly event, "We're blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here. You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support."
Hammett added, "It's great. It's a lot of fun. It's a good opportunity for us to interact with our home team, hometown, and interact with the people of the Bay Area in San Francisco. And for me, it's a lot of fun to be able to play the national anthem."
The guitars used to perform the national anthem were autographed by the entire band and raffled off for charity, with the proceeds going to Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation.