Not that many people would notice (since no one is attending), but it is interesting to see how the limited staff and formatting for games can cause hiccups.
Here the Pirates started the anthem without the teams lined-up. Typically the pomp and circumstance of the moment leading to the anthem walks players, staff and fans into place. Without the standard formatting elements can come out the the blue catching people by surprise.
This was part of an exhibition game and the problem will likely work itself out quickly, but it is a effect of the stripped down format.
The Pirates have an excellent game operations staff. We have done two in-game review from Pittsburgh. You can see those here:
The Indians were sort of arm in arm during a very impromptu recorded national anthem that caught the 200 or so ppl here by surprise. At least nobody was munching on nachos … pic.twitter.com/IQx8tyFBB4
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) July 18, 2020
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