It’s not a huge deal, but at the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night, they forgot to sing “O Canada” during the national (or "natinal" if you’re from Washington) anthem portion of the pre-game ceremonies.
Before Sheryl Crow performed the Star Spangled Banner in front of the capacity crowd at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a canned instrumental version of O Canada filled the air as the players, some Canadian, stood in the infield.
They get a Grammy Award winner (albeit a washed up and irrelevant one) and we get nothing?! Not even a washed up and irrelevant Canadian?!
One very relevant Canadian in the lineup, Justin Morneau from New Westminster, BC, wasn’t impressed.
Morneau told the Canadian Press “it’s something that didn’t really go over too well,” adding he thinks they could have found somebody to come in and sing it.
Here are some possible scenarios that could explain things:
Sheryl Crow refused to sing the song in a long-awaited retaliation to Caroline Marcil’s shortened version of the US anthem?
Was it an honest mistake by the organizers of the Midsummer Classic who simply didn’t know that we have an anthem with words?
Or, did US President Barack Obama orchestrate the whole thing as a diss on Prime Minister Stephen "Late Show" Harper? (As in, it was just an instrumental because the singer was late...if so, kudos Mr. President!)
At the end of the day, or the end of the next day as it were, it’s not a big deal…it’s just a bit rude. I can only imagine the roasting Canadian organizers would get if the reverse happened on our soil!
I've got an idea though that will get back at our border mates AND unite Canada - lets all learn the Star Spangled Banner in french and sing over patriotic Americans at every chance we get!
BONUS: Just because it's funny, here's Caroline Marcil, who doesn't know the Star Spangled Banner in english or french, making a name for herself: