Before a baseball game, or any sporting event for that matter, it has become not only a tradition that our National Anthem be sung, but essentially a rule. Love it or hate it, it’s become part of our culture and should be honored accordingly.
Thus, when it was announced prior to an NCAA Softball Regional game in Lafayette, Louisiana that the Anthem would not be performed because of “time constraints,” fans in attendance took it upon themselves to take a couple of minutes and sing it themselves.
Cajuns fans, upset that the national anthem wouldn't be played a second time today, just started singing. Awesome. pic.twitter.com/5jLsLTDU9d
— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) May 17, 2015
That said, whoever made the call that our National Anthem should NOT be sung should be ashamed of themselves. Granted, as I said before, the singing of it is more tradition than rule, but to try and scrap it just because of a “time constraint” is just plain BS. The National Anthem normally takes, what, two minutes to sing?
Thus, I would like to personally thank the Lafayette crowd that took it upon themselves to keep a tradition alive and not let NCAA absent-mindedness get in the way.
Hats off to you for keeping patriotism and our national pastime alive by standing up and letting your voices be heard.
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