Introducing the seventh inning mute.

I’m increasingly annoyed by the playing of God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch at every single Yankees home game. The song is terrible in both message and execution, and I’m just so worn out on hearing it. I’m starting to tag it as the #SeventhInningMute on Twitter, and fully encourage fellow baseball-minded atheists to follow suit.

It’s doubtful we’ll make an impact and get teams to stop playing the folk song. It’s a double-edged sword of being imbued religiously and militarily. We know anything dealing with that subset of the American population is insusceptible and too sacrosanct for a vocal minority of atheists to influence.

I guess we missed our chance as it was suffusing the nation’s ballparks. It’s been a year and a half since I wrote about an annoying experience at the “Joe.” My position back then was to just ignore it and do my best to live with it. My stance has evolved, and the ubiquity of the song this spring (during training and live games) has stoked the change.

When you search out opinions on the song, it appears that every post is complaining about it, rather than touting its effervescent charm. Want to honor the military? How about dropping the Marines’ Hymn on us?

From the halls of Mon-te-zuma, to the shores of Trip-o-li!

Man, now that screams patriotism! You want to get fired up? Play some of the marches from across the branches. Maybe it’s just my experience of playing in marching bands, and really getting into the genre in high school, but these songs are incredible. Regal. Powerful. Elegant. Not hokey and overplayed like GBA.

I want to expose this guise of using GBA as a tribute to our armed forces. Fuck the stupid song and the bullshit reasoning they give behind it. Besides, when we expand out into other marches, we can easily wind up with 81 different songs to play to honor our troops and veterans.

Let’s go for it!

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