UPDATED: 5 Cubs Players Make It Out of Dugout for National Anthem — Then Crowd Rudely Blocks Marines From Leaving the Field (VIDEO)

On Monday the Chicago Cubs took on the new York Mets tonight in Wrigley Field.

Only four members of the Cubs team made it out on the field during the National Anthem.  The rest stood in the dugout which is customary

Then the Cubs crowd blocked the US Marines as they were leaving the field.

The crowd stopped the anthem singer from the musical “Hamilton” to take selfies and blocked the Marines as they were trying to get up the stairs.

Hat Tip Andrew

UPDATE

A number of readers have written to voice their objection to this story. Some examples include;

sarah (@Warrensworld22)
Players stand in the dug out, bull pens etc. big games they all come out on to the field. It’s different then FB. Let’s not make controversy where there isn’t any. If you’ve ever been to a major league game you know this.

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Made in the USA (@MickeySCarolina)
Please stop spreading this story. Traditionally, baseball players stay in the dugout. Lets not create a controversy that doesn’t exist.


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Julian Rosales (@Julian_Rosales_)
This is total BS. This NEVER happened. If you have any integrity, do the right thing and take this down.

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FROM ANDREW: Well, this isn’t my first MLB game. I’ve been very lucky to attend games in the past, and hope to continue to be so privileged in the future. I’ve seen special games with ceremonies and I’ve seen regular old run of the mill games with no pomp and circumstance outside the tried and true National Anthem. And while it’s certainly the case that not all players line up for every game, I can’t recall a time when so many players have been absent from the field for the Anthem.

That being said, I’m not infallible, so let’s take a closer look.

IMAGE 1: Chicago cast member of Hamilton, Ebrin Stanley, belts out a terrific rendition of the Star Spangled banner. Mets players can be seen in the background by the dugout, which is appropriate because they’re up to bat first.

IMAGE 2: The Mets bullpen is emptied out on to the field to honor the flag. (Good for you, Mets!)

Now lets look for the Cubs.

Image 3: A total of five uniformed Cubs on the field. Not just five in front of the dugout. Five, period. Image 4 shows ZERO cubs outside the bullpen.

IMAGE 4: ZERO Cubs outside Bullpen

There can only be a couple of explanations. Either all the players are tucked into a corner over by first base, or most of the Cubs are inside the dugout/locker room/bullpen.
Given that the players were not all tucked away over by first base, I’m only left to wonder why so few are on the field. And this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. It’s happened in other stadiums as well.

For an answer, let’s look to Cubs coach Maddon himself, who commented on the Anthem issue back in 2017.

Maddon’s anti-rules philosophy gives the Cubs the space to do whatever they think’s necessary to get ready for the next game. It’s freedom from: dress codes on road trips, guidelines on facial hair and overloaded mandatory batting-practice sessions.

That hands-off approach has worked to the point where the defending World Series champs could clinch a second straight National League Central title as soon as Tuesday at Busch Stadium and celebrate in front of the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s not unusual to see only a small group of players, coaches and staffers standing on the field during the national anthem.

“That’s up to them,” Maddon said. “I’ve never really had a policy regarding being out for the anthem or not. A lot of times guys like to do different things right before the game begins. Sometimes, you’re on the road, you hit later and you get in later and then your time is at a premium. So I’ve never really had a specific theory about coming out for your anthem at all.”

Well, there you have it. The Cubs aren’t required to attend the singing of the National Anthem. Keep in mind, the Cubs specifically announce to the entire stadium, requesting people stand and remove their hats in honor of our National Anthem. Got that?? You save up your hard earned cash and pay exorbitant ticket prices, cough up more for food and drink, and the Cubs ask YOU to stand, but NOT the millionaires supported by all that spending!

Major League Baseball has created a situation where players are able to show their support for NFL and NBA protests, while not actually making an overt public statement. More cynically put, they’ve all decided to show protest solidarity while continuing to take as much of everyone’s cash as possible without rocking the boat.

MLB needs to do better than this. What message does it send to kids that the players they idolize can take it or leave it when it comes to honoring those who’ve laid down their lives so we can enjoy freedoms we take for granted, like enjoying our nation’s pass time on a summer night? it says, America can be taken, or left, for granted. Shameful.

The National Anthem is as much a part of the experience of going to a game as watching the team win the World Series. Maybe more. At the very least, players need to see themselves as EXTREMELY high priced entertainers who put on a show 162+ times a year, and the Anthem is their opening act. It’s horrifically rude to ask the audience to participate in such an important part of the show, but tell the cast they’re allowed to take a pass, and crap on one of America’s most sacred symbols in the process.

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