The seventh-inning stretch may never be the same.
Baseball tends to be a quiet sport. There are no raucous chants of “defense!” or buzzers going off every time a run is scored. Sure, a home run ignites the home crowd, but for the most part, order beats out obstreperous behavior in the stands.
Come Saturday night, that precedent may change in South Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the Florida Marlins will be giving out horns similar to vuvuzelas to the first 15,000 fans in attendance at Saturday night’s game against the intrastate-rival Rays. (5 reasons to ban the vuvuzela right now)
“It’s not really a noise you hear at a baseball game,” Marlins third baseman Jorge Cantu told the Post. It’s obviously going to be loud.”
Some teams have a different view toward the South-African staple. The weird hum was not tolerated this week at Yankee Stadium, as a fan was ejected from Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies. The New York Post reports that a 27-year-old hid the horns in his shorts to enter the game, but eventually had them confiscated by a guard for disturbing the peace in the bleachers.
It may be a World cup fad. But somehow, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” seems more appropriate.