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Almost Baseball Season and the Star Spangled Banner

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I love baseball.

It doesn't always matter to me who is playing, although I do have my favorite teams.

I love everything about the game.

Well, almost everything.

I really get annoyed at those supposed "Super Stars" who are asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, then proceed to make a mockery of it due to their own egos.

So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of
advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem
at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical
gyrations for your concerts.

Just sing this song the way you were
taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.

Sing it with humility as if you were standing in front of wounded vets who fought for more world freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sing it with gratitude for all the heroes who were sent to Viet Nam, with only a handful of them returning unharmed.

These people have more honor in their little fingers than the rest of us will ever earn.

Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets
wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their
cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and
the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a
superstar musician.

They could see that from the costumes, the
makeup and the entourages.

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the
courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about
America , not you.

Try a little dose of true humility for the grandness of our nation, true respect for the fallen who have given it their all so that you can sing, and the gratitude that you live here.

If you can't do that, then just say "No", and politely walk away.

Mockery of our nation just to feed your own self centeredness is true selfish eo-manical immaturity and stupidity.

You are no match for her beauty, her strength, and her symbol of the greatest freedom in the entire world.

Respect her.
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