Underneath the stadium lights of Minute Maid Park and in front of thousands of Astros fan, Kaylise Irizarry took a deep breath and sang the national anthem on Saturday for Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
“It felt so surreal. It felt so unreal,” Irizarry, 19, said.
The Blessing native sang at a Houston Astros game for the sixth time Saturday, an experience she said continues to humble and excite her.
The first time she sang at an Astros game was in the summer of 2017, she said, and she has since sang both the national anthem and “God Bless America” at the games several times.
This was her first time, though, singing for a play off game.
“This time it really felt different. It was really an amazing and humbling feeling to listen to people sing the national anthem as I led them,” she said. “It gave me chills. It was unforgettable.”
Irizarry said when she performs she is focused and in her own zone.
Her pre-show routine includes saying a prayer and going over the song.
“It goes by so quick. One minute you’re waiting on the field to sing and the next, it’s over,” she said.
Irizarry, who has been an Astros fan all her life, said being able to sing in front of and for her favorite baseball team is an incredible experience.
She is a student at Texas State University, where she is studying biology and mass communications with a focus on sports and broadcasting.
Irizarry said a long-term goal of hers is to attend pharmacy school at the University of Houston and intern at Minute Maid Park.
“It’s just as big of a blessing each time I’m able to sing (for them),” she said.
Irizarry is the daughter of German and Maria Irizarry and the older sister of Hailey Irizarry, 14.