O Say Can You See…

I’ve attended several Nationals games in this, their inaugural season, and have enjoyed the obvious enthusiasm this city has for this brand new team, as well as the apparent enjoyment the players are getting out of having an actual home crowd come to cheer for them. I’m also smug, as I look around at the 25,000 to 40,000 people in attendance and remember Peter Angelos’ assertion that there are no real baseball fans in DC.

That being the case, I’m a little confused about a practice that DC fans seemed to have imported from Baltimore. During the singing of the National Anthem, at the line “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave…” the fans in attendance are still yelling “O” along with the vocalist.

People. This was already inappropriate and disrespectful at an O’s game, but it could at least be understood as an expression of enthusiasm for the home team. At a Nats game, not only is it inappropriate and disrespectful to the singing of the anthem, it’s also ridiculous and out of context.

So cut it out, because it makes you look dumb. And rude. And, um, stuff.

4 Comments so far

  1. jessica (unregistered) on May 15th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    people do it at dc united matches too, which makes even less sense.

  2. chris (unregistered) on May 15th, 2005 @ 9:16 pm

    They also do this at Caps games, it’s a mystery to me why they do it.

  3. darpino (unregistered) on May 16th, 2005 @ 2:43 am

    People are so f-ing dumb.

  4. cw (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 3:42 pm

    when people do that at MCI center (I rarely get up to Camden Yards anymore) I shake my head in disapproval and look around at the with scorn. unfortunately, I get the feeling that I look more stupid doing that, as the ‘tards swill their beer. (oh wait, that’s me swilling the beer).

    on the other hand, several years ago I did the ‘Oh!’ thing during the Canadian national anthem. maybe that’s when I converted, because I REALLY felt stupid then…

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