One of my favorite live-baseball experiences is when everyone at the stadium seems to notice the scoreboard has changed and a division opponent has lost at the same time; it's gotten a little less exciting now that old Busch Stadium's enormous manual scoreboard is hanging in state on the concourses, but it's still a lot of fun. A close cousin of that is the cross-sport revelation, where, say, an important Rams score comes across the Busch Stadium screens or vice versa during the few months when baseball and football overlap. A—shall we say more distant cousin of that is what happened Sunday night, when news of Osama Bin Laden's death spread across Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies-Mets game, inspiring a good old-fashioned U-S-A chant. Video:â†µâ†µ
If it's any consolation at all to al Qaeda I'd like to make it clear that Philadelphia is famous for treating famous people badly. It's also possible that they were actually chanting "U-S-A-ma bin Laden", to make it clear that they preferred the FBI's official transliteration of the terrorist leader's name, or maybe "Boo-urns."