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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Kansas City Royals
Song: “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
Tradition: Played in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium since 2008
• Garth Brooks played nine consecutive sellout concerts in Kansas City.
• To promote his cause, the Teammates for Kids Foundation, Brooks took part in the Royals' 2004 spring training and shot 25 videos to introduce the song.
• The Beatles’ “Kansas City Hey Hey” is played after victories. Then-Kansas City A’s owner Charlie Finley paid the Brits $150,000 to stop in Kansas City on a tour off-day in 1964. The song, which had been a chart-topper for Wilbert Harrison five years earlier, was received well, leading John, Paul, George and Ringo to include it on their fourth album, “Beatles for Sale.”