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BALTIMORE -- As we removed our caps for the national anthem, Ed Schott turned to me, mopping his brow.
"Listen for the 'O,'" he said.
I admit I was perplexed when the music started, but I soon found out what he meant. At the crescendo, as the words, "Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wa-aaave?" were uttered, the orange-clad faithful in Oriole Park at Camden Yards roared out the initial vowel ...