This Hart beats for the Phillies, too

LAUREN HART, daughter of legendary Flyers announcer Gene Hart, has been singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" regularly at Flyers games since 1998.

She also has been called on during monumental games to perform a duet of "God Bless America" along with a taped version of Kate Smith.

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Hart won't be on the ice tonight. She will be at soldout Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have invited her to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds.

"I'll be just as excited to go out there as I am for a big hockey game," Hart said.

Hart, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, is a lifelong Phillies fan and remembers going to games with her father.

Singing at the newly renamed Wells Fargo Center has become second nature to Hart, so she's a little nervous for Citizens Bank Park.

"It's a completely different thing," Hart said. "The Flyers are basically my home turf."

Another difference is the size of the crowd. For Flyers games, she sings in front of 20,000 fans, but in Game 1, she will be singing before 45,000 or so. Hart is not too worried, though.

"After a certain number, it tends to be the same," Hart said. "When the crowd is bigger, you see less faces."

Hart also sang the national anthem at Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game, so she now has three Philly teams under her belt.

"It is all Philly," Hart said. "We're all on the same team." *