Cincy baseball manager PAUSES his rant at the Umpire when the stadium speakers played “God Bless America” (Plus a special bonus with Ray Charles)

It’s the 7th inning and a Cincinnati player had just been thrown out.

The manager comes out and starts yelling, naturally.

Then everybody–including the manager and the ump–paused as God Bless America was played during the 7th inning stretch.

As soon as the song ended, they resumed arguing!

The story and the video are here (Total Pro Sports)

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A welcome contrast to those NFL players who kneel.

I identify with Daffy, not Colin, here.

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Much as I like “God Bless America,” I love “America the Beautiful”

To be more specific:

Our National Anthem should be
Ray Charles Singing “America the Beautiful”

Others would be allowed to sing along.

Here, as we remember 9/11, is Ray’s spine-chilling version (sung in 1972, at the height of his powers).

Through Ray’s genius, it captures both the beauty and the pain of our history.

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Red Sox caught Red Handed: Stealing Signs and Relaying Them by Apple Watch

The Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman caught the Red Sox red-handed (New York Times)

Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.

The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month. –New York Times

Comment: The Red Sox deny an attempt to deflate the baseballs.