I am no super patriot, that’s for sure. Though I do love living in the United States.
I am no traditionalist, that’s also for sure. Though I do kind of miss stirrup socks in baseball.
I’m all for not being stuck in the past. Even though I’m not one to push faux patriotism on anyone, I think we’ve lost some respect for the National Anthem at Phillies games.
During the anthem at last night’s game against the Nationals, I took a look around. Plenty of caps still on heads (I’m looking at you ladies). Several people glancing down at their phones and checking Facebook. I looked back at the concession area for a moment, people lined up and buying hot dogs while talking to their friends. Even more hats, still on their heads (now I’m looking at you, fellas).
In this age where we’ve all grown a little more ADD than we used to be. In a world where we’re a little less into tradition than we’ve been. I don’t think taking your hat off and standing still for 80 seconds at the start of the baseball game is too much to ask.
Your status update can probably wait. The crab fries will still be there when you’re finished. And I promise, we won’t judge you if you’re hair doesn’t look great under the hat.
In a stadium where we all took such great pride in coming together to chant “U-S-A” at a critical moment in this nation’s history. In a sport that’s long been known as the American Pastime. It seems so out of place that we’ve lost respect for the one moment during the game when we should have it.
If it’s going to be like this, I might even vote to stop singing it all together. If you’re not going to do it right, don’t do it at all.
This isn’t the teacher criticizing the student for giggling during the pledge of allegiance, and I’m not trying to talk down to anyone.
I was just truly bummed, and I wish we’d all take a stand and fix it.