Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Get Your Red On
This topic never seems to go away and it reared its ugly head again over the weekend at New Nationals Park. The shouting out of "O!" during the singing of The National Anthem--"O Say Can You See!!" A Baltimore Oriole Tradition going back many years. I don't ever recall hearing this yelled at any other ballpark in America--outside of Baltimore--other than RFK Stadium and now New Nationals Park. Proximity has much to do with the practice.
Would I love to see this bellow end? Sure.
But, when Baltimore's been entrenched in this area for so long as the "HOME TEAM"--its probably not going to go away for a while--especially when The Orioles are scheduled to visit New Nationals Park each and every season for years to come. You have to expect their fans to do whatever they can to put The O's in our faces.
Personally, I would just enjoy hearing whomever is singing to complete their rendition.
But--you know--there is a way to fight back--by starting Our Own National Anthem Tradition.
Get Your Red On.
Two years ago--while covering The Stanley Cup Finals in Raleigh, North Carolina, I took notice how The Fans of The Carolina Hurricanes shouted out "RED!!" during "Rockets Red Glare" of the National Anthem. Red is The Hurricane's predominant uniform color. In a packed arena--it was not only effective--but chilling. I am telling you--everyone in this filled to the rafters building was WAITING for this exact moment. And Hurricane Game Management responded by Instantly Shining RED Lights throughout RBC Center--at the precise time.
A Great Effect--without taking away from the importance of the song.
Since the very first days The Lerner's took over Our Washington Nationals--they have stated--"Get Your Red On!!" as a slogan for Fan Support.
Why not take this phrase a bit farther--to a new level.
At each and every Home Game of Our Washington Nationals--Our Fans shout out "RED!!" during the "Rockets Red Glare" portion of The National Anthem. No disrespect intended to this great song. But, if it catches on--you can rest assured "Red!!" will replace "O!" as a common practice at New Nationals Park.
Just a thought.
And I just know--so many of you would love to turn the tables on Baltimore Fans at Camden Yards--by shouting out "Rockets RED Glare!". Turnabout is fair play--when it comes to baseball.
The Carolina Hurricanes Cam Ward Raising Sir Stanley's Cup Photo--(AP) Steve Chiasson