VIDEO: Game Announcer Tries To Tell Crowd They Won't Play Anthem - He Lost

The announcer said that they would skip the national anthem, but the crowd wasn't having it.

Fresno, CA – When a at Fresno State University softball game announcer told the crowd that they wouldn't be playing the national anthem, the crowd took over (video below.)

The announcer told the crowd, “There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,” according to the Fresno Bee.

The crowd at first let out a loud chorus of boos.

But then many in the crowd stood up and began singing the national anthem. Many fans removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts.

The players stopped their pregame warmups to turn around and face the flag.

“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” said Tiffany Marquez, who was at the game and posted video on Facebook, according to the Fresno Bee. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”

Bob Kayajanian, the event coordinator, said he was the one who made the mistake.

He said it was national protocol when multiple games are played to play the national anthem only before the first game.

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“We got caught (off-guard),” Kayajanian told the Fresno Bee. He said that both teams turned to face the field and they all started singing the national anthem.

“They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism,” Kayajanian said, according to the Fresno Bee.

Kayajanian said it was a learning experience and the going forward they would play the national anthem before every game.

You can see the video below:

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The university may have a disrespectful and anti-American professor, in Randa Jarrar, but Fresno State fans are a patriotic bunch...Good for them.


@Hi_estComnDenomn - let's compare the Jews and Poles to ….let's say, blacks in this country. Who do you think is doing the best out of those three? I'll give you time to


@LEO0301 Who is lIving in the past? I hate the song in the present.

And statues? First off Confederate statues are traitorous and should never have been up in the first place. Second off, you can't say dont live in the past and stick up for losers from decades ago.

As far as thriving? I'll just let the reality sink in for you and hopefully before you die you'll have a chance to process what's going on around you.


@Hi_estComnDenomn - your response proves once again why people who live in the past will never succeed in the future. If a verse in a song that is no longer included, or a statue that represents a historical figure, or slavery that took place a long time ago is still the driving force in your existence, I feel sorry for you. Take note of people like the Jews and Poles who were exterminated by the millions who are now thriving. They didn't forget the past but have chosen to look towards the future.



Well said. And to piggy back off of what you said, many black folk know the true history. What is surprising is how maaany white people don't realize there is more than one verse. Furthermore, many whites refuse to understand why some people will never respect the anthem.