Now, this is a tradition familiar to anyone who’s been not just to an Orioles game, but to a Ravens game, or a Capitals game, or a Redskins game, or a Terrapins game, or an early-vintage Nationals game, or any number of other local sporting events. For decades, local fans have joined together on a raucous “Oh!‘ near the end of the anthem. (“Oh! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave.”)
This has prompted periodic debates about whether such screams are an unpatriotic disruption to the anthem, and about whether such screams are merely a Baltimore tradition or should also be employed in Washington, and about whether it’s a tradition that’s run its course.
“And all of a sudden I hear them ROAR ‘Oh!,’ and I knew exactly where it came from, and I just lost it,” he told Tafoya. “Because those guys came down from Baltimore and New York City to be here, and it’s just special to see those guys in the stands.”