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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Stadium Songs: Houston Astros

By Andrew Pentis
ESPN The Magazine

Baseball Fan
The Houston Astros seventh-inning stretch is as traditional as having a beer at the game.
In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back 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 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.

Houston Astros
Song: “Deep in the Heart of Texas” by Moe Bandy
Tradition: Played during the seventh-inning stretch at Minute Maid Park

Fun fact:
• An instrumental version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is immediately followed by Bandy’s baritone, which is accompanied by video-board photos of the Texas landscape. “The seventh inning is very traditional,” said Kirby Kander, senior director of creative services and ballpark entertainment.
• The Texas Rangers play "Deep in the Heart of Texas" during the fifth inning.

Bonus music:
• The Who’s “Won’t Be Fooled Again” is played, with fireworks, after every long ball that lands in the seats.
• Typically, Astros pitchers have one walk-in song, but Astros batters usually choose four or five.