I’ve always been one for planning, but I’m also one for keeping some types of planning close to the vest. For example, I don’t think the Nationals will appreciate the Chief of Police for Washington D.C. going on the radio and talking about how she’s preparing for the World Series parades and stuff:
In anticipation of the Nationals entering the MLB post season, the chief of D.C. police says she expects the team will pay for important additional security for games and celebrations … These plans will accommodate more than just the immediate stadium area, she says. Police are already planning for a parade in the event of a Nats’ win, and for spontaneous celebrations in the streets.
“It’s going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington,” she says. “We already have (the playoffs) sealed up,” Lanier says of her confidence in the team. “We know we’re going.”
I guess it’s better than what the Nats themselves and so many of their fans are doing: planning for the next six World Series championships that their careful handling of Stephen Strasburg has rendered an inevitability.
The Yankees have played “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch since 9/11. The version they play is the most famous version, recorded in 1939 by Kate Smith. As of today they will no longer be playing the Kate Smith version, however.
Why? The New York Daily News reports that it’s because “the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.” Which is a rather interesting way of putting it, because there’s not much “potential” to this:
Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”
I’m guessing this information was available in some Kate Smith biography or is in the memory of some of her big fans who may still be alive, but it was news to the Yankees until recently and once they learned it they decided that going with a version of the song NOT sung by Kate Smith was better. Good call!
I’m sure someone will complain about this, but I feel like there are better hills to die on than “the Yankees should continue to play the racist lady’s version of the show tune that, despite what we think of it now, was never meant as an actual patriotic anthem.”
If you feel like dying on that hill, be my guest. But please, show your work.