NEW YORK CITY – A New York Daily News columnist is demanding that Major League Baseball retire the singing of “God Bless America” at games during the 7th inning stretch. Major League Baseball ordered all teams to play the song after 9/11. The Yankees still play the song at every game, but most teams only play “God Bless America” only on Sundays or holidays. But for columnist Gersh Kuntzman, even that’s too much. He calls the use of the song “Mussolini-esque.”
Good Lord – what’s wrong with singing “God Bless America”? Many have argued over the years that it should actually replace “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. It’s certainly easier to sing. The problem this guy has clearly isn’t the song. It’s a public display of patriotism. And I’m sorry, that’s just not something that’s going away.