FRESNO, CA (WCMH) — When it was announced that the national anthem wouldn’t be played before a California high school softball game, fans went ahead and sang it anyway.
It happened Friday during a high school softball championship game between Clovis High School and Buchanan High School.
Afther the players were introduced, both teams turned toward the flag to prepare for the singing of the national anthem, KMPH reported. The announcer said, “There will be no anthem, play ball.”
There was then some booing from the crowd, and then some people started singing. Before long, most everyone in the stadium was singing.
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” Tiffany Marquez told the Fresno Bee. “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.”
Event coordinator Bob Kayajanian told the Fresno Bee there was a reason they didn’t play the anthem before that game. They already played it before the first game of that session.
“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem,” he said. “The games after that are just played. We got caught (off-guard). Both the teams turned to face the field and they all started singing the national anthem. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.”
He said that going forward, they will play the anthem before every game.