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Jack White and Zooey Deschanel were among the Game 3 stars in Detroit

A few of Detroit native Jack White's relatives worked at old Tiger Stadium years ago, in concessions and as part of the grounds crew. Because he was knee-deep in touring by the time Comerica Park opened in April 2000, he's only been to one game there.

White jumped at the opportunity to check it out close up -- and, of course, it didn't hurt that his tour of the place arrived a couple of hours before Game 3 of the World Series.

Asked if he'd be interested in singing the anthem before one of these games, White smiled and shook his head no.

"I'm not a singer," he said. "I'm a vocalist. There's a difference."

The anthem was performed by actress Zooey Deschanel, star of the FOX comedy "New Girl." Escorted by about a dozen people, including her father, director Caleb Deschanel, and her mother, actress Mary Jo Deschanel, Zooey characterized the anthem as "sort of surreal."

"It's almost less nerve-wracking, because everyone looks like a tiny dot," she said. "You just feel like you're performing for a bunch of famous athletes, because those are the only people you can see."

Deschanel's television show often includes cameos from real-life athletes, and while they've had football and basketball players on, they've never had a baseball player. Deschanel hopes to change that soon.

"I definitely think we need a baseball player," she said. "It's my favorite sport."

Her first choice? Eccentric Giants pitcher Brian Wilson.

"He's really funny," Deschanel said.

Read more about White, Deschanel and everyone who participated in the Game 3 festivities.

-- Alyson Footer /