On Tuesday night, just as the Birds were about to begin their game in Oakland against the A’s, Baltimore’s Michael Phelps won his 20th Olympic gold medal, this time in the 200 butterfly in Rio. Just moments prior, Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky won Gold as well.
Ledecky was on the medal podium as the Star Spangled banner played, and I wondered…
Phelps gotta yell O! during this, right?
— Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) August 10, 2016
As it turned out, my prediction was a tad premature. While it wasn’t Phelps who yelled “O!” it certainly seemed that SOMEBODY did while Michael was getting his turn on the podium, and it caused the swimmer to crack up laughing.
Phelps heard the "O" during the anthem pic.twitter.com/s11m18A2ni
— Jameson (@jameson2111) August 10, 2016
From Birdland to Rio, you know Baltimore is gonna “O!” that anthem. Now hopefully the Birds can be like Mike and rack up some victories as well.
@EutawStReport after that clip you could see him say, "I can't believe you did that!" And it was the actual best.
— Rachel Ullrich (@rachelullrich) August 10, 2016
Phelps later explained to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya just what happened.
“My boys from Baltimore were down at the other end,” Phelps said. “And back in Maryland, we all say ‘Oh!’ for the Orioles during that part of the National Anthem. All of a sudden I hear them ROAR ‘Oh!,’ and I knew exactly where it came from, and I just lost it. Because those guys came down from Baltimore and New York City to be here, and it’s just special to see those guys in the stands.”