It was a pretty nice gig, signing at Yankee Stadium. Was, being the operative term here:
Irish tenor Ronan Tynan says he’s sorry for making an anti-Semitic remark, and hopes for another chance to sing his noted rendition of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium.
“This is my mea culpa,” he told The Associated Press before Saturday night’s playoff game between the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees.
A day after the Yankees dropped their long-standing tradition of having him perform the song during the seventh-inning stretch of postseason games, Tynan said he’d apologized to the woman who was the subject of his remark. Tynan also said he had made a charitable contribution to an organization of her choice.
Basically, his attempt at humor got away from him. Never, ever go anti-Semitic:
On Friday, during the ALCS opener, Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said: “There are no plans for him to sing.”
McGillion said Friday a woman sent an e-mail to a team official this week claiming Tynan made the remark while the woman was being shown an apartment in the building where he lives.
The real estate agent reportedly said to Tynan, “They are not Red Sox fans.” He responded: “As long as they’re not Jewish.”
In an e-mail to the AP, Tynan said he’d previously spoken to the real estate agent about two Jewish women who had looked at the apartment and “how scary for them it would be for living next to me with my music and singing.”
Tynan confirmed his remark to the team official but said he was joking, McGillion said, and the Yankees severed ties with him.
Tynan said Saturday the woman, Gabrielle Gold-von Simson, a doctor at New York University, accepted his apology and that he made a contribution to the charity, KiDs of NYU.
I think it was a fine tradition, one no one is really going to miss. I could be wrong, but, let's face it--God Bless America gets a little maudlin.
What? Something I said?