By Mark Weyermuler -
This is opening week for America's 2014 baseball season, and there's no place where patriotism is more in vogue than at Chicago's White Sox season opener Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Over 100 members of the United States military stretched out this 250 foot flag in front of 40,000 baseball fans.
Last year, an ESPN commentator floated the idea of eliminating the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events, saying the national anthem was a "war anthem." In my personal polling I found no support of ESPN's idea. In fact, many said, hearing the national anthem and seeing Americans stand in respect for our country and its defenders is considered the best part of baseball.
Monday, the game's opening routine was inspirational seeing the flag and American baseball fans of all political views singing with their hands on their hearts, "the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Then finishing with the inevitable, "Play ball!"