Ronan Tynan, the Irish tenor who often sings (a very, very long version of) “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, will not appear tonight after it was reported that he made an anti-Semitic joke to a potential tenant in his Manhattan apartment building.
According to the New York Daily News story, Tynan ran into a real estate agent showing a client an apartment in his building. When the agent joked to Tynan that he shouldn’t worry because the client wasn’t a Red Sox fan, Tynan responded, “I don’t care about that as long as they are not Jewish.”
Tynan has since apologized – he told WNBC, “I would never want to hurt anybody’s feelings. It was stupid of me to be so callous” – but still had his appearance at Game 1 tonight canceled by the Yankees.