If it’s possible that anything good came out of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, it is this:
Remember how at the start of baseball games, during the Star Spangled Banner, we would get to the lines, “Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there./ O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,” and everybody would shout the “O!”?
That always seemed as out of place and imbecilic as starting the wave during the seventh inning of a close game. But it doesn’t happen anymore.
When was the last time you heard a crowd shout the “O!”? Can’t remember? I’ll tell you – it was Sept. 10, 2001. After that, the national anthem became a sacred thing. Heck, we even started singing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
Now, I’m not a hugely patriotic guy. But I recognized that other people at games were. I never liked the “O!” shout and I’m glad for its demise. Play ball.