A national anthem protest? From the way of life that is Clovis, U.S.A.?
You bet Betsy Ross’ sewing machine they protested.
When an official announced they would not play the Star Spangled Banner before the Clovis-Buchanan softball game Friday – twice! – well, you may as well have let Kim Jong Un throw out the first pitch dressed in nothing but an Iron Curtain.
Hundreds of softball fans took to their feet and spangled away, singing the anthem a capella while the players on the field stood at attention toward the centerfield flag at Margie Wright Diamond.
Because, ’Merica, that’s why.
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” said Tiffany Marquez, who drove to the game from Fowler and posted video of the makeshift choir on Facebook. “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.”
There’s a reason the crowd at Friday’s softball championship game stood up and sang when the announcer told them two times there would be no anthem.
No one cared that the anthem was already played before the previous game. It mattered not that they almost never play the anthem multiple times at these bunched-up championship weekends.
This is America. On Memorial Day weekend. When the flag is flying on every Main Street lamp post from here to there and back.