May 28, 2018
VIDEO: No national anthem before championship game?
At sporting events across America, it’s been a tradition to play or sing the national anthem before competition begins.
But when there was no music before a championship game in California, take a look and see what happened as fans took matters into their own hands …
See what happened next when California fans take matters into their own hands
It was a championship game on Memorial Day weekend.
The announcer at the softball event at Fresno State’s Margie Wright Diamond, where Clovis High School would play Buchanan announced matter-of-factly that the national anthem would not be played before play started.
What happened next?
Following a loud chorus of boos, the patriotic crowd stood up and began singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” a cappella.
(Sorry but they wouldn’t let me copy it.)
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 centerfield wall.
When the song was over, the crowd burst into a round of applause.
The teams went on to play ball.
Event coordinator Bob Kayajanian took the rap, saying this mistake was his.
“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. We try to follow with what normally gets done. It’s all a learning experience for everyone and (going forward) we’re playing the national anthem at every game.”