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Kathy B
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This is a news photo--I'm not asking if it's real. It's captioned
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Olympic boxing gold medalist Andre Ward, who threw out the first pitch Monday night, listens to the national anthem while standing alongside A's players Bobby Kielty, Eric Chavez and Jason Kendall.
My question--why do they all have one hand behind their back? Presumably the other hand is holding a cap over the player's heart (or vague approximation of that location). But why one hand behind the back? is it a way of ensuring they don't scratch thier crotches or something?

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Astra
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Reminds me of the stance my high school marching band used for parade rest... only sloppier.

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I'm pretty sure it's just something that some people do when thay stand for an anthem, or pledge, or whatever.

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I prefer to do that than let my arm hang at my side personally.

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talk2sparky
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I've seen baseball players do this all the time so it seems totally normal to me, but I would guess it looks better than leaving your left arm dangling to one side.

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ParaDiddle
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It looks like cilvillian version of "Parade Rest"

Under a fully regimented protocol, parade rest is a modified version of attention. One does not speak or salute while in parade rest. When spoken to, one is required to come to attention (breaking rank) and respond appropriately. Civilians in uniform often modify regimented protocols.

The patron of this uniform requires them to do something with the arm that is not occupied in salute. In this case their right arms hold their caps over their hearts. These are usually loosely enforced guidelines because as you can see, "Ward" is not in uniform. and has an object in his hand.

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