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NOT GONNA MISS THIS: Country music star Trace Adkins is originally from Louisiana, but it turns out he’s a big Cardinals fan.

The Grammy-winning singer of such hits as “You’re Gonna Miss This” is friends with St. Louis assistant trainer Barry Weinberg, and has become close to manager Tony La Russa. So it made sense that Adkins was on hand to sing the national anthem before Game 2 on Thursday night.

“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery performed the anthem before Game 1 on Wednesday night, and Ronnie Dunn is scheduled to sing it when the series shifts to Texas for Game 3 on Saturday.

Adkins didn’t flaunt his fandom when he took in batting practice Thursday, though he did greet Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols on the field. Adkins stuck with his trademark cowboy hat, black boots and a beige World Series jacket, and said he was pleased the weather was better than Game 1.

Temperatures were still in the low-50s, but any chance of rain had moved away.

“I had this all planned,” Adkins said.


AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom contributed to this report.