No national anthem before championship game?
It was a championship game on Memorial Day weekend.
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
The announcer at the softball event at Fresno State's Margie Wright Diamond, where Clovis High School would play Buchanan announced matter-of-factly that the national anthem would not be played before play started.
What happened next?
Following a loud chorus of boos, the patriotic crowd stood up and began singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" a cappella.
Many removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts. Others simply stood tall with pride.
Players stopped their pregame warmups to turn around and face the American flag that waved beyond the centerfield wall.
When the song was over, the crowd burst into a round of applause.
The teams went on to play ball.
Event coordinator Bob Kayajanian took the rap, saying this mistake was his.
"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. We try to follow with what normally gets done. It's all a learning experience for everyone and (going forward) we're playing the national anthem at every game."Patriotism, National Anthem, Jose Zarate, Fresno State, Clovis Hich and Buchanan