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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Stadium Songs: Detroit Tigers

By Andrew Pentis
ESPN The Magazine

Tiger
When the eyes of the tigers on the scoreboard in Detroit light up, fans know it's time to get loud.
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.

We're featuring the music from one team per day here on ESPN Playbook. To see past entries, click here.

Detroit Tigers
Song: “Eye of The Tiger” by Survivor
Tradition: Played during key moments, including as a rally-starter, at Comerica Park

Fun facts:
• The eyes of two giant Tigers adorning the scoreboard light up when the song is played.
• When they hear the song, fans know it’s an important point in the game, says Eli Bayless, director of promotions and in-game entertainment. “It’s a call-to-action type of song.”

Bonus music:
• Players’ walk-out songs are often representative of the city’s love of Motown: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye are among the most-used artists.
• Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” with the line “Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit,” is also on the in-game playlist.