I was kind of surprised they didn’t stop the Mets-Phillies game Sunday night to show President Obama’s announcement on the big screen that Osama bin Laden had been killed. I’m not criticizing the non-decision — I don’t know if there is any precedent for that in sports. But it wouldn’t have been inappropriate.
Clearly, it was something the crowd would have wanted to see, as evidenced by the “USA, USA” chants that filled Citizens Bank Park as word spread. It’s the news for which America has been waiting ten years.
Some things are more important than baseball — this is definitely one of them. I doubt any of the players would have minded taking a break for ten minutes so everyone could watch the president deliver the news.