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Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Best Ball Park Songs

America’s favorite pastime includes songs heard in Major League Baseball stadiums around the country. America’s favorite pastime includes songs heard in Major League Baseball stadiums around the country.

What songs make the fans go wild? Whether it’s the old favorite played when the home team takes the field or the special song of triumph when that great play occurs, these are the tunes we know by heart even if we don’t get all the words!

 

The ball game. That’s what it’s all about! The hot dogs eaten in the stands, the peanuts and the crackerjacks. The thrilling sound when ball meets bat and sails high to land in some lucky kid’s hands, and the roar of the crowd as the batter trots home. Which songs are the most popular, and which teams sing the loudest?

New York

The longs standing friendly rivalry between the Yankees and the Mets is well known. Almost as well known to fans are the teams’ respective theme songs - “Meet the Mets” is the Mets’ fight song, and although updated with the times, the original version is still often played during a break in the second half as a crowd singalong. The Yankees still play “Here Come the Yankees” as their own fan base goes wild.

Dallas

When Rangers fans get excited, it starts in the stands… Stomp, stomp clap! Stomp, stomp, clap! “We Will Rock You” is an all time fave. The song itself was a major Queen hit, generally paired with “We are the Champions”. (And yes, it’s ironic that the homophobic state of Texas immortalizes a Freddy Mercury song.)

Boston

The Red Sox have worked their way through many a song, but as an opener Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline” is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Chicago

The White Sox revived the old Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” in 2005, when they won the American League Division Series. The 24 year old song became the #3 most downloaded rock song in iTunes that same year, and is commonly played when the home team is down in the ninth inning stretch.

Baltimore

Since 1975, the Orioles have played music legend John Denver‘s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” during the seventh inning stretch.

Los Angeles

Most people know the words to the popular sport remix played when a home run is hit in Dodgers Stadium - but not many know that the original title of the famous Zombie Nation song is “Kernkraft 400”(German for ‘atomic energy’). Wo-a-oh, oh, oh!

Baseball Hall of Fame

Played for years in ballparks across the country, John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” goes down as one of the most popular baseball songs ever. It plays in a continuous loop at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

There are many more songs made popular by star players using them as their personal ‘at bat’ songs; Mariano Rivera of the Yankees favors Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, for example, while Eli Whiteside of the Giants prefers Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train”. True fans know the lyrics for each team member’s personal trademark song, and sing along. After all, as George F. Will once observed, “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.”

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Los Angeles baseball fans have one of the most famous sports theme songs for when a home run is hit at Dodgers Stadium
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