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10/31/09 10:27 PM EST

With 'Glee,' Phillies ring in Game 3

Schmidt throws first pitch, Biden aids in cancer initiative

PHILADELPHIA -- The soggy field conditions and an 80-minute rain delay did little to dampen the enthusiasm leading up to Saturday night's Yankees-Phillies Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park.

With a packed stadium of Phillies Phanatics on their feet, members of the U.S. armed forces trotted out to center field, where they proudly held an American flag that stretched across half of the outfield grass.

Members of the FOX musical television show "Glee," featuring Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling and Kevin McHale, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" in matching maroon World Series jackets with fireworks going off when they sang "the bombs bursting in air." And as the fireworks jetted out from behind the stadium and the cast put the final touches on the national anthem, the sea of red-cloaked fans waved their white towels high as if to signal the beginning of battle.

As Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt trotted out to the mound to toss the ceremonial first pitch, the veteran of two World Series was greeted with a boisterous ovation that didn't quiet down until after Schmidt hugged his ceremonial catcher, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, and walked off the field.

Schmidt's pitch, thrown from several feet in front of the rubber, was a strike. And it was the first of many, as Game 3 starter Cole Hamels took the hill at 9:17 p.m. ET, and promptly put Yankees leadoff batter Derek Jeter in the hole 0-2. Hamels retired the first three Yankees he faced as a star-studded crowd watched in wonderment.

Among the notable attendees for Saturday's game were Vice President Joe Biden, TV news anchor Katie Couric, and actors Terrence Howard and Minka Kelly, who were on hand to help raise awareness in conjunction with Major League Baseball and Mastercard Worldwide for the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) initiative.

The "Priceless" public awareness spot, produced by SU2C founding member and award-winning movie and TV producer Laura Ziskin, aired between the start of the second and end of the third innings and was broadcast live on FOX as well as inside the ballpark. Near the conclusion of the 30-second spot -- which celebrates the powerful emotions baseball creates -- the action turned live to Citizens Bank Park, where Howard and Kelly encouraged the rest of the crowd and a global viewing audience to "stand up" to cancer.

Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.