A crowd of fans stood and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Central Area Division I softball championship game in California, after it became known that the national anthem was not being played.
According to The Fresno Bee, on Friday the announcement by an official that the national anthem would not be played before the game was answered with boos by participants.
Then the crowd stood and began to sing America's national anthem a capella, with many people taking off their hats and putting their hands over their hearts.
"Others just stood proud," Fresno Bee said.
Tiffany Marquez told Fresno Bee that she was "shocked" by the announcement that there was no anthem and "let's" just play softball. "
" Within seconds, people in the crowd could sing and hear the volume of their voices, "she explained," and I was in the midst of a true testimony of unity and patriotism. "
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The improvised performance was completed with a round of applause before the two teams took the field and started playing ball.Marquez & # 39; Video, the she has posted on Facebook has been widely praised:
Event Coordinator Bob Kayajanian of the Central Section said the Fresno Bee that the announcement was a mistake and it followed the national protocol.
Protocol dictates that the national anthem be sung before the first game of the session and then the remainder "only played."
"Both teams turned to the Field and they started to sing all the national anthem, "he said.
Kayajanian added that it is "obviously a wonderful thing to show their patriotism" and going forward the anthem is played at every game.