Mike Wise, The O’s, & The National Anthem

Dear Mike Wise,

Hey, you know what was cute? When James Earl Jones sung the National Anthem at Baltimore and had a WTF moment because apparently no one had told him the whole crowd chants “OH!” really loudly at the part of the anthem.

Somehow I doubt your article, “Fans who yell ‘Oh!’ during national anthem are tainting a moment meant to unite Americans” (The Washington Post, 5/19/12) is really about “the class and dignity of people who appreciate the national anthem as the last bastion of Americana we can all stand behind” and more about you being upset the O’s won the series. (Shock).

Go O’s!

4 thoughts on “Mike Wise, The O’s, & The National Anthem

  1. I’m a Nats fan now, but the O’s are my AL team — and have been since they moved to Ft. Lauderdale for spring training back in the ’90s, when the Yankees left. I hate it when they yell “O” during the anthem, and always have. I know they’ve been doing it for years and years and it’s tradition…but it’s an obnoxious tradition. But, for fairness’ sake, I also hate it when other teams’ fans yell anything else, and even when the Nats launch fireworks during the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” parts. And don’t get me started about people performing it who don’t know the words….

    It’s disrespectful. It’s the same reason why I did not boo President Bush when he threw out the Nats first pitch: I didn’t agree with a lot of his politics, but I have enough respect for the office and for this country to stand there and be quiet for a minute.

  2. How much of a surprise could the “O” really have been? I’ve heard people do it as Caps games at the Verizon Center, so it’s not absolutely foreign to DC.

  3. So you mean to tell me that you guys don’t sing along with your national anthem? That’s weird. Up here we always sing along; in english AND french!

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