God Bless America & A Dodger Game
Friday, June 25th, the Dodgers play the Yankees and I’ve got two tickets thanks to a very dear business friend. The game is sold out and just driving into the parking lot with 56,000 fans is a challenge but the Dodgers and the Yankees…….well that’s a no brainer! We find our seats in the loge section on the Yankee side of the field. Okay, so we’re on the wrong side of the park but it’s all right because we have lots of company. Yep, Dodger fans out numbered the Yankee fans in this section by about 20 to 1. I had the pleasure to sit next to three Yankee fans so I made it well known all evening what team I was there to see and it wasn’t the pin-striped Yankees. The Dodger club handed out Dodger towels to all the fans and I waived mine high and screamed my lungs out all night. I know the guy next to me was thinking to himself “what a bitch” but I didn’t care because Dodger fans are the best fans! After all, We Love L.A.!
All sporting events in the United States are very patriotic. The fans might cheer on one team and boo another but the atmosphere of the games is all American. The Star Spangled Banner is always sung by someone before the game begins and all fans stand, men take off their hats and most folks cover their hearts with their right hands. When the song is finished the roar and applause is enough to make your heart swell with pride.
During the 7th inning stretch of this fabulous game, American Idol finalist Michael Lynch took the field to sing God Bless America. The announcer requested that the fans stand to honor this very patriotic song of the United States. Immediately every fan in the stadium stood up as Michael sang his rendition of this beautiful song. While standing watching all the other fans doing the same, I noticed something wrong. Across the aisle and two rows down from where we were standing, four people just sat there in their seats looking bored. WTF! I’m thinking to myself “how disrespectful!” This kind of rudeness makes me want to slap four idiots on their heads. If these clueless morons are American citizens then, they are displaying total disrespect. I don’t care if their Mama didn’t teach them how to be respectful or patriotic because people who live in America learn very quickly about the importance and pride of patriotism. So, then I think to myself, “cut them some slack, maybe they’re visitors on vacation.” Hell no, that still shows disrespect because everyone knows “When in Rome, Do as the Romans do.” If I were visiting their country I know, I would show my respect for something this patriotic even if I didn’t understand the meaning behind it.
My blood just boils over with this kind of ignorance and arrogance. If you were born here, immigrated here or are just visiting this wonderful country called the United States of America, then you had better shape up, learn respect and be appreciative that you are fortunate enough to be here!