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Paul Casella March 18, 2008 English 30, Section 12 Dr. Jordan Essay #3 Stars, Stripes, and Diamonds Baseball is America’s past time. Unfortunately, this renowned nickname that has connected itself to the sport for a countless amount of years often results in great misunderstanding. Baseball is not just a game of the past. It certainly has faced its share of problems more recently and is receiving more competition from the other professional sports, but baseball has always maintained a major role in America. It’s seen as a very patriotic game — and for good reason. Some of the most significant events in American history eventually make their way to the baseball diamond in one way or another. The Fourth of July, the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the flag of the United States of America, and most recently the shootings at Virginia Tech — all of these things and events have brought Americans closer together, and they all have established a place in the game of baseball. To Americans, the Fourth of July is the most patriotic day of the year. To me, the Fourth of July is baseball day. For as long as I can remember, I have played in baseball doubleheaders every year on the fourth day of the month of July. It has become a tradition, not only for me, but for baseball in general to celebrate the holiday in style. Fireworks, parades, ceremonies, and banners. All of these things are in abundance in every major league stadium and the city in which it is found on this patriotic holiday. They, too, can be found in my small hometown of Macedon before, during, and after our games. The most American thing of all, though, is what really makes the day so special — family. There was always a large number of family members in attendance to take in
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the pre-game ceremonies and post-game fireworks displays. After the games concluded, the celebration continued as our family would relocate to my grandparents’ house just a few minutes away from the ballpark for a family picnic. It’s the same thing over and over every year, but it never gets old. After all, I have a difficult time finding three things that are better representations of America to me than family, baseball, and the Fourth of July holiday. At any sporting event, at just about any level, there is always one consistency. The event almost always starts the same way. With the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” our national anthem. Baseball is no exception, and professional teams even go as far as to play “God Bless America” during ballgames as well, typically in the seventh inning. Although we never played “God Bless America” at our Varsity games, the playing of the national anthem was always part of any game day. Prior to arriving at the field, it was the captains’ responsibility to assign various tasks to the different team members in order to make sure everything was ready to go come game time. These responsibilities included carrying equipment to the field, setting up the scoreboard, filling the water jug, and of course putting up the flags.
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