This is a total coincidence, I swear. The subject I want to write about this weekend just happens to relate to something that elicits my love of America.
Yesterday, Alex and I were lucky enough to find ourselves with tickets to game 2 of the Cubs/White Sox crosstown series. It ended up being a beautiful day (despite a rainstorm shortly before the first pitch) and a great game (despite the fact that the White Sox were up 4-1 at the top of the 4th). The Cubs managed 9 runs in the bottom of the 4th, and that kept the mood in the friendly confines pretty positive.
But the most lovely part of our afternoon at Wrigley was Michael McDermott's rendition of the national anthem. It was beautiful. It was moving. I want to follow him to any and all stadiums/ballparks/fields where he will perform the national anthem in the future just to hear him sing it again. I want to buy one of his CDs and listen to all of his music and see if I like it as much as his Star Spangled Banner. It was that good. And so I waited until tonight to post, when someone finally posted a video of his performance on youtube (the quality gets better as the crowd becomes more and more mesmerized, though it wasn't the same as being there):