Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/29/12
When Shannon Magrane was a little girl, she would often visit the broadcast booth of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. She loved visiting her dad, then-Rays color analyst Joe Magrane and former standout pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. By the time she was 11, the young Tampa native had developed an impressive gift of her own: singing. And she made her baseball debut, belting out the National Anthem before a sold-out crowd at the Trop. Her father watched proudly from the booth, marveling at her daughters steely nerves in the spotlight something shed gotten from him and a beautiful voice that came from her heart. I was as nervous as could be, because shed never been in an environment like that before, Magrane said by phone. And she absolutely nailed it. And Wednesday night, Joe along with wife Renee and younger daughter Sophia will be on the edge of their seats in Los Angeles. Thats when 16-year-old Shannon takes the American Idol stage live for a chance to reach the...
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