Ronan Tynan sings God Bless America, in Red Sox jersey

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March 14, 2010, 1:10 pm
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(NECN: Boston, Mass.) - Sunday morning in South Boston politicians gathered for the annual Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast.

Among those making a special appearance was Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, who closed the event with the song that has become his trademark, "God Bless America."

Tynan is famed as the man the New York Yankees turned to as their, for lack of a better term, house "God Bless America" singer.  Tynan would belt out the tune in the 7th inning stretch of notable games at Yankee Stadium.

He recently moved from New York to Boston after being accused of making an anti-Semitic remark.

Tynan told the crowd: "I know you've known my record from the other side. But whether you wear pinstripes or red socks, you sing a song about a great country, and that is what it's really about."

State Sen. Jack Hart (D-Suffolk), who hosts the event annually, convinced Tynan to throw a Red Sox jersey over his shirt and tie.

"Look at that, isn't that great?" state Sen. Hart said at the event considered a roast of the political who's who of Massachusetts.

The breakfast attracted more than 700 people to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on a rainy, wind-whipped day.

Guests were served scrambled eggs, corned-beef hash and Irish bangers.

Material from The Associated Press used in this report.

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