So this afternoon, I went to my nephew’s opening collegiate ballgame. (Double drag for him: he didn’t get to play, and his team lost.) It was good baseball, but I was embarrassed on behalf of Columbia Basin College, the Tri-Cities, and on behalf of my country.
Now, I’m not a flag waver, but I do stand up for the national anthem (of any country). And when a team visits from another country, as did the Prairie Baseball Academy of Lethbridge, AB, Canada, I believe strongly that we should show them the courtesy of playing the visiting anthem as well–thus demonstrating friendship and respect. It’s done at hockey games all the time. What is wrong with Americans, that they so often don’t know how to be good hosts and make a gesture of courtesy to international visitors?
Shame, CBC. You embarrassed our entire area. PBA Prairie Dawgs, well played, and my apologies for the boorish thoughtlessness.