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Thankfully for anthem singer Jeff Fuller, the spring-training crowd at Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Fla., is relatively forgiving. / Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The videos of botched national anthems are legendary ?? including Maurice Cheeks, then coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, bailing out a 13-year-old who forgot the words to the The Star-Spangled Banner ?? but Wednesday's international double flub could be a first.

Jeff Fuller, a tenor who adeptly has handled the U.S. and Canadian anthems several times before Toronto Blue Jays spring training games, lost his way early in O Canada and it just got worse.

Fans, many of them vacationers and snowbirds from Canada, tried to help by singing along, but Fuller decided to start over.

He was obviously rattled, standing alone between the pitcher's mound and second base.

He didn't get much deeper into the song the second time and, when he realized he was mixing phrases from other parts of the anthem, abandoned it altogether.

At least he had another shot with teams based in two countries playing each other.

But The Star-Spangled Banner offered little relief.

Somewhere around "broad stripes and bright stars," Fuller faltered again. This time, though, he quickly regrouped and finished strong ?? and accurately.

The crowd was gentle, applauding as Fuller left the field with a few tears visible.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out of the dugout and gave Fuller a pat on the back.

The best part of the day, Fuller can only hope, is that with the game not televised, the chances of his flubs going viral are reduced.



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