MASSIVE CROWD showed their patriotism by booing and then singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at a softball championship at a high school after the commentator said that anthem would be skipped.
In Fresno, California, massive crowd of fans were in attendance for a game between fierce rivals Clovis High and Buchanan at the Fresno State University’s Marge Wright Diamond on Friday. They were left in shock when they came to know through an announcement that anthem would not be played. As a response to this, they started singing a cappella.
Video of the whole situation was recorded and shared by a fan named Tiffany Marquez, the video has since gone viral. She wrote in a tweet as reported by CBS News: ‘We came to CIF D1 section championship game between Clovis and Buchanan and the announcer said: “there will be no national anthem.” After some booing, the whole stadium stood up and started singing it on their own.’
She also told a media outlet which was reported by Fresnobee: ‘Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball. 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.’
The responsibility was taken by Bob Kayanjania, who was the event coordinator, he told a media outlet that the national protocol is, we have to play the anthem for the first game of the session and after that, the games are just played without an anthem. They begin to play some sort of music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which he thought was obviously an amazing thing to display their patriotism.
Clovis and Buchanan softball about to play for D-I title, but before that, it was announced there will be no national anthem. There were boos and the crowd did this … pic.twitter.com/M1w6yDzuTN
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) May 26, 2018
Kayajania said the whole scenario was a ‘learning experience’ and it is going to be assured in the future that anthem will be played in every single game.
As far as the result of the game goes, Clovis High defeated their opponent Buchanan with a 6-3 win in the Central Section Division I Championship.