SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single to center field against Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Credit: Getty Images
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"Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts."
His latest “outrage” is having to hear “God Bless America” at baseball games:
It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.
Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.
But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.
He explained that he didn’t “immediately object” when the patriotic song was played after 9/11, but his “heartache” soon turned into a “headache.”
“Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts,” he wrote. “The song still embodies great things about America, but also our worst things: self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, foam.”
But Kuntzman claimed he isn’t alone. He cited a poll that apparently showed 61 percent of baseball fans don’t want the tune played during games.
Read the full column here.
Is Kuntzman right? Should we send "God Bless America” to the bench?
Yes, bench the song
No way. Bench Kuntzman for even suggesting it
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