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Old 05-01-2003, 11:19 PM   #1
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Cool "Hat's Off!"

At Yankee Stadium, during the 7th inning, when they are playing 'God Bless America,' you will always hear splattered echoes of individual fans yelling out "Hat's off!" directed at some fan(s) who forget to remove their caps.

Is this "fan direction" just a NY thing? Or is it happening at parks all over?
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where's roy harper?
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Old 05-02-2003, 01:14 AM   #3
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They have only played God Bless America at Pacbell one time this season when I've been there, and that was the home opener. There were many of us who didn't remove our hats. Not surpsrising in SF where most folks take their patriotism with a grain of salt.
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Haven't noticed it at the games I've attended so far - though I've been tempted to yell "shut up" at the nattering nanettes and blustering bubbas who just talk their way all the way through GBA or the SSB.
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I haven't noticed much of it at the GAB, although I do hear people talking through both songs. It's annoying, but I don't know that we have the right to tell them whether or not to wear their hat while the music is playing. It might be disrespectful to some, but it's not like they're stomping on a burning flag or anything.
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When did "God Bless America" reach take-your-hat-off status??
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When did "God Bless America" reach take-your-hat-off status??


Interesting point.
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I second that.
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It may just be a Yankee thing - - because, in the past, before 9/11, they would - rarely, but sometimes - sing GBA before the game instead of the SSB. And, then, hats would be off.
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I take my cap off during the SSB, and place it over my heart, and sing along. It's the proper thing to do. If the guy next to me is sitting down yakking on his cell phone, that's HIS problem, not mine, and I don't feel compelled to say anything to him.

I'm a Tribe fan, not the politeness police.

Doffing one's cap is not required during GBA.
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what is the significance/meaning of GBA?
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Years ago, there was some lobbying to make it the National Anthem, over the SSB, because it's easier to sing correctly.
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so it's just another song? like the anthem's backup or something?
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so it's just another song? like the anthem's backup or something?


Glad you asked that - I've always wondered the same thing.

And where does America the Beautiful fit in?
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Shoot, I'm getting old - it was ATB that they wanted to sub for the SSB - not GBA.
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