Belt the broad stripes & bright stars for the Cyclones

Pia Toscano sang the anthem in '03 and was recently an American Idol finalist.

For aspiring baseballers, the minors are where it all begins. Whipper-snappin’ pros take endless grounders, bust their chops, hone their skills, all in the hope of climbing the ladder to the game’s biggest stage. And by biggest stage… we mean American Idol. The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ local farm team, are looking for future idols to sing (or otherwise perform) the national anthem at this season’s home games in Coney Island. Open auditions are next Thursday, May 19, and if you’re feeling at all musically-patriotic, you might want to try your chords. This local girl did back when, and it worked out pretty well for her.

The auditions are at 6 p.m. at the Kings Plaza mall and here’s what you need to know: “Singers must be a capella, and the anthem can be performed solo, with a chorus or group, or as an instrumental.” Got that? Lyrics will even be provided if you (ahem) don’t know all the words. For more info, call Kara Mohr at 718-37-BKLYN or go here.