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Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Perform National Anthem at San Francisco Giants Game — Video

This past Friday, Metallica visited San Francisco's AT&T park as part of the Giants' "Metallica Night."

Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett opened the game by playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch. Hetfield also announced the Giants' starting lineup. You can check out videos of the National Anthem and Hetfield's reading of the lineup below.

Before the game, the band joined the team at batting practice.

"We like to partake in the local sports, for sure," Hetfield told MLB.com. "I had a lot of fun. It's remarkable, being 50 years old, and there's still really cool stuff to do in life. We're blessed to come out here and hit some balls on this beautiful day."

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.