While the National Football League has been busy figuring out a way for overpaid players to protest America by kneeling during the national anthem, a crowd at a high school softball championship game in California decided to go the other direction.
At the Friday game in Fresno between Clovis High and Buchanan High for the Central Section championship, an announcer said there would be no playing of the Star-Spangled Banner before the game. “There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,” said the announcer, according to the Fresno Bee.
Well, that didn’t go over so well with the crowd, especially on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when Americans pay homage to all the soldiers who have fought and died to keep the United States free.
So the crowd stood up and sang the national anthem anyway, a cappella.
Many removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts. Others simply stood tall with pride.
Players stopped their pregame warmups to turn around and face the American flag that waved beyond the center-field wall.
When the song was over, the crowd burst into a round of applause.
“Fan Tiffany Marquez said she was ‘shocked’ when the announcer said they weren’t going to play it,” the Daily Mail reported. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
“Event coordinator Bob Kayajanian of the Central Section said it was a mistake on his part,” said The Bee.
“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem,” he said. “The games after that are just played. We got caught (off-guard). Both the teams turned to face the field and they all started singing the national anthem. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.
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