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It’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park

May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Nats Park

This is a coincidence — the event was already planned — but the tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park.  For the occasion, military personnel, be they active or retired, with a valid military ID can receive up to four free tickets to the game. All you need to do is to go to the First Street will call window.

A couple of hours ago Nats’ reliever Drew Storen tweeted “I expect some epic U-S-A chants tonight at Military Appreciation night at Nats Park.”  There has been increasing buzz all day about how the game may serve as a bit of a defacto bin Laden celebration rally of some sort.

I hope that chanting doesn’t become a thing. It was cool in Philly last night because it was spontaneous and emotional.  But we had so much orchestrated patriotism in the wake of 9/11. In some ways, it caused us to lose the thread of what was really going on and substitute real feeling and reflection for something that seemed rote at best and manipulative at worst.

I hope that doesn’t happen again.

  1. heynerdlinger - May 2, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Maybe tonight would be a good time for Obama to throw out that first pitch…

  2. Michael - May 2, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Does this mean Bud will finally put an end to the forced singing (and televising) of “God Bless America”?

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2011 at 1:50 AM

      Well, at least it’s singable – unlike that musical fiasco of a former British drinking and belching song that wound up being the melody – and I use the term advisedly – of our atrocious National Anthem.

  3. paperlions - May 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I was thinking that it might be a good time to shake the hands of service men/women that fans see at the game and to say thank you for their service.

  4. halladaysbicepts - May 2, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    “I hope that chanting doesn’t become a thing. It was cool in Philly last night because it was spontaneous and emotional.”

    I agree with the above statement. The Flyers are playing the Bruins tonight and there is talk of a further continuation of some sort of celebration. Not necessary, especially since they want to roll out that old hag Kate Smith rendition of God Bless America. Almost every time they play her version of the song, the Flyers lose. They need someone else to sing the song tonight.

    As far as giving free tickets out to our Vets, I love the idea. I only question if it may be doing more harm then good to them watching a Nationals game?

    • kellyb9 - May 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Back in the day, they only used the Kate Smith recording when they needed it (eg: down 3 games to none). Now they use it for every home game in the playoffs. So the point being… they would have played God Bless America anyway, it’s not as much as USA thing as a general Philly thing.

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