Stadium Songs: Los Angeles Dodgers
August, 24, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicKaty Perry's "California Gurls" is among the most popular songs played at Dodger Stadium.In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written in 1908. The shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a 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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Los Angeles Dodgers
Song: “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman
Tradition: Played after victories at Chavez Ravine
• Recorded in 1983, Dodgers fans share the song with fans at other L.A. arenas.
• If it’s an especially exciting win, fans will stay in their seats a few minutes longer to sing along and soak in the win.
• The Dodgers have what they call the Fans Choice Jukebox. Snippets of three songs are played during the sixth inning, and the song that receives the most raucous reaction is played in the eighth. Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is among the consistent favorites.
• The organization also has a long-standing tradition of organ-playing. Nancy Bea Hefley has been at the keyboard for a quarter-century.