Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Stadium Songs: Arizona Diamondbacks
By Andrew Pentis ESPN The Magazine
After victories, Diamondbacks fans celebrate with a song from a local music celebrity.
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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Arizona Diamondbacks Song: “D-backs Swing” by Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Tradition: Played after wins at Chase Field
• “Roger is a big baseball fan and a big D-backs fan, and he asked if he could write a song for us,” president and CEO Derrick Hall said. “We decided after we heard it that we were going to play it anytime the team won.
• Clyne has performed concerts at the downtown ballpark and sang “D-backs Swing” on top of the home dugout at Games 3 and 4 of the 2011 NLDS—both victories.
• The organization has experimented with seventh-inning songs but hasn’t yet settled on one.
• One unique tradition: Whenever the team opens the roof before a game, there is a brief ceremony. “That song doesn’t have a name,” Hall said, “but it [sounds] like parting the clouds. Very heavenly and angelic.”