Your Saturday Sometimes-People-Don’t-Suck Video

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

It was Disability Awareness Day at Fenway Park and an autistic man was singing the national anthem. Everything was going fine, until he suddenly started to struggle half-way through. It only took half a beat for the whole stadium to join in and help him through the rest. As one friend put it, “I’m convinced that if people were just bigger baseball fans there wouldn’t be nearly as much war, poverty or oppression.” I’m inclined to agree. Now if Boston could just win a game. . .

[Kate]

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27 Responses to “Your Saturday Sometimes-People-Don’t-Suck Video”

  1. #1 |  JS | 

    That was really nice. Remember when the Trailblazers coach Mo Cheeks came over and helpeed that poor teenage girl who forgot the lyrics halfway through the national anthem? It was one of the most gracious things I ever saw:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXnT84Eu-oA

  2. #2 |  johnl | 

    And there are always cheers when this guy throws out the first pitch with no hands. http://4sd.signonsandiego.com/sections/san-diego-insider/?bcpid=86057600001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAA5PNMME~,K3tOT-PuafuD0vvI3udna4_0CeAfqyi7&bclid=77824122001&bctid=791230417001

  3. #3 |  Rhayader | 

    Now if Boston could just win a game. . .

    Sounds like you’re not really paying attention to the actual games. They’re 4 games over .500 since their bad start, and only 3 back of the Yanks. Gonzales is on a tear, Crawford is finally starting to swing the bat, and the front end of the rotation has been really solid. The Sox are gonna be just fine.

    But yeah, cool vid.

  4. #4 |  gDavid | 

    Damn if that didn’t make chill bumps run up my back. It helps make me beieve that America still has a chance to survive, if we could get rid of crooked cops and politicians. Go America!!!

  5. #5 |  Xenocles | 

    Good thing it wasn’t in Philly.

  6. #6 |  RomanCandle | 

    Couldn’t they get an autistic person who could actually carry a tune to sing the national anthem?

  7. #7 |  EH | 

    RomanCandle: Couldn’t you get a decent personality that could actually be polite?

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The National Anthem is difficult even for trained singers, because of its wide range. The tune originally belonged to a drinking song (To Anacreon in Heaven), and it shows.

    A group can manage it, with some people managing the high notes, others the low, and the whole coming out OK. A single singer is in trouble.

  9. #9 |  RomanCandle | 

    #7
    So wanting the National Anthem to be sung in key makes me an asshole? Good to know!

  10. #10 |  Robert S. Porter | 

    Actually I think sports breed war, poverty and oppression.

  11. #11 |  KRF | 

    EH is absolutely correct. Why the hell would anyone feel the need to criticize this kid?

  12. #12 |  Nucalibre | 

    #9

    You’re right, criticizing the singing abilities of those with autism is something nice people do all the time.

  13. #13 |  Kyle | 

    Someone watching a Yanks-Sox game thinking baseball could cause less war? That’s kind like saying if everyone was from Philadelphia no one would throw batteries at people.

  14. #14 |  dhex | 

    So wanting the National Anthem to be sung in key makes me an asshole?

    i’m with you, man. don’t even get me started on how fucking boring the special olympics are.

  15. #15 |  captainahags | 

    @Rhayader
    I agree. . . The final game in the home series against the twins was a great game to watch, and Crawford’s walk-off double to end it was beautiful. I hope they can hand the yankees a good drubbing.

  16. #16 |  RWW | 

    Actually I think sports breed war, poverty and oppression.

    Same for the national anthem.

  17. #17 |  jb | 

    Geez, Rad, you sure got the flotsam and jetsam responding in this one.

    Sox won again, 5 games over .500 since that dud of a start, 2 behind the Yanks, 4 behind the Rays, and 19-20—precisely where they were last year after 39 games.

    We’ll see you in October.

  18. #18 |  Ted S. | 

    Why even play the national anthem before sporting events in the first place?

    Has MLB gotten rid of “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch?

  19. #19 |  Matt | 

    I was at that game and, while I don’t remember the result of the game (it was a few years ago IIRC), I’ll always remember that anthem. It was really cool how several thousand people came up with the same solution to what was quickly becoming an uncomfortable moment.

    Ted: GBA is still played during the 7th inning stretch on Sundays at Fenway, to my continuing irritation.

  20. #20 |  MattJ | 

    it’s just a bit dusty in here. I think I got something in my eye.

  21. #21 |  MPH | 

    Reminds me of the crowd’s reaction when Elizabeth Hughes, age 8, was singing it just fine before a hockey game when her wireless microphone turned off.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU8zyB3W0pU

  22. #22 |  lunchstealer | 

    And these are Red Sox fans. I’m just impressed didn’t turn all the lyrics.to ‘Yankees suck! Yankees suck!’

  23. #23 |  Rhayader | 

    Has MLB gotten rid of “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch?

    Ugh, yeah isn’t that awful? They don’t do it at every park, but they still do at some — Yankee Stadium, for instance. Corny beyond belief. I go to a ballgame to watch a ballgame, not to partake in patriotic fetishism.

  24. #24 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    @#23 “I go to a ballgame to watch a ballgame, not to partake in patriotic fetishism.”

    Personally, I think professional sports fandom has a lot in common with patriotic fetishism –– the “My team. right or wrong!” attitude, the uniforms, the banners, the chants, the caricatured enemy…

  25. #25 |  Rhayader | 

    Personally, I think professional sports fandom has a lot in common with patriotic fetishism

    For no-neck cretins, perhaps. I happen to think baseball is a game of aesthetic beauty and strategic elegance. It’s fun to watch because of its unpredictability and flashes of brilliance, not because of mindless fanaticism.

  26. #26 |  Leonson | 

    “I’m convinced that if people were just bigger baseball fans there wouldn’t be nearly as much war, poverty or oppression.”

    Unless you wear the wrong jersey to the wrong stadium and get the crap beaten out of you. Baseball fans are no different than anyone else.

  27. #27 |  Ukulele & All That Jazz | 

    Sometimes people don’t suck…

    I found this on the Agitator, posted by Kate Klonick, who’s one of Radley Balko’s guest bloggers whilst he’s flitting about the Balkans on vacation. She posted it on Saturday, hence her title of Your Saturday Sometimes-People-Dont-Suc…

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