Baseball Players Refuse to Sit After National Anthem

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: A giant American Flag waves above the track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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A half a dozen or so football players refuse to stand for the national anthem. Two baseball players refuse to sit after it.

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina and Cincinnati Reds Hernan Iribarren refused to vacate the grass-dirt borderline between the dugout and field after the national anthem Tuesday night. The players kept caps over hearts and stood at a modified position of attention for, according to game announcers, about 13 minutes. Teammates brought Pina sunflower seeds and a towel. When the home plate ump petitioned Pina to head back to the dugout, he complied. Iribarren emerged victorious in the competition before the competition.

Baseball superstitions, rather than uber-patriotism, likely spurred the gamesmanship. Both players hail from Venezuela.

The adversaries enjoyed a long rest after the long stand. They rode the pine for the duration. The Reds won the game after winning the standoff.