Some of you Baltimore
folk may want to know how to earn
that title of Balti-moron
. Well, my friends, I'm here to help you out, by imparting on you a bit of wisdom that I had to learn the hard way
I don't know if you guys participate in Oriole
-Mania, back in the day at the luxurious Memorial Stadium
(isn't that a parking lot now?) or at the present day food-fest of Camden Yards
, but if you do, you certainly know the drill about the Star Spangled Banner
For those of you who don't, in Baltimore, we like to scream "O!" at the top of our lungs, instead of just singing a mellow little "oh..". At that part of our Anthem that's like "Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave?" Hey, man, we've got that American spirit. We like to annunciate
the vowels in our national songs. Any excuse.
But what I might be able to save you from finding out the hard way is that people in other cities do not scream "O!" in the Star Spangled Banner.
That's right, it's just a Baltimore thing. And let me tell you, out of experience, people in Boston
give really weird looks
to the guy in the stands who screams "O!" at that pivotal point in the national anthem
before the Red Sox
You will surely look like a purebred
Balti-moron. And while I have only attempted this strategy
in the perma-construction site of Boston
, I'd bet my last soft-shelled crab
that it works all over this great country of ours.
Actually, a question: do they sing the Star Spangled Banner before an Expos
game? Or do they have some kooky Canadian
song? Anyways. Good luck!