Every day of baseball season, in seventh innings around the country, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back in 1908. The sheer shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s first pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a more unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.
We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.
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Song: “Cleveland Rocks” by Ian Hunter
Tradition: Played after wins at Progressive Field since 2009, replacing Todd Rundgren’s “Just One Victory.”
• The song, recorded in 1979 and made famous as the lead-in of “The Drew Carey Show,” has long been the anthem of the city home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
• “A lot of musicians who come into town record their own versions of the song,” marketing director Sanaa Julien said. “So it really is a mantra for the city.”
• “My Town” by local musician Michael Stanley follows “Cleveland Rocks” as fans file out of the yard.
• The McCoys’ “Hang on Sloopy,” a No. 1 hit in 1965, is still played in the middle of the eighth inning, eliciting those O-H-I-O callouts.