Softball is many things. Today, softball is the national anthem.

Have you ever paid attention to an athlete during the playing of the national anthem? It’s one of my favorite things to do. Some will be singing along to the lyrics, others will have their hands behind their backs with their heads down. Many will be rocking back and forth, some will even have their eyes closed. You can see every emotion, clear as day, across the face of every athlete. You can see the nerves. Here is where the athlete prepares for battle.

During the talent show today, as the Jefferson Singers so proudly hailed, I noticed myself place my hands behind my back. I noticed myself begin to rock back and forth with my head down and my eyes closed, singing along to the lyrics.

I knew I wasn’t going to step onto the field when the song ended. I knew that. But it didn’t matter. Because…

Softball is many things. Today, softball is the national anthem.



6 thoughts on “Softball is the National Anthem

  1. Habits are hard to break- I have a similar habit where I start rocking a bit when I hear a baby crying-years of soothing unhappy children on my hip. These moments can bring us right back.


  2. So interesting – I have noticed all the things you listed – the things that athletes do during the national anthem, but I never gave it much thought. I like your Softball is… series – very interesting insights, especially for me as a non-athlete.


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