ESPN Music: Detroit Tigers
July, 26, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Mark Cunningham/Getty ImagesWhen 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.
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Song: “Eye of The Tiger” by Survivor
Tradition: Played during key moments, including as a rally-starter, at Comerica Park
• 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.”
• 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.
May, 4, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
The Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, have joined in the chorus of those celebrating "Star Wars" Day on Friday, May 4. But they're bringing the kazoos.
The team is handing out 5,000 of the tiny instruments for fans to perform the movie's famed theme song, written, incidentally by baseball fan John Williams.
In addition to the postgame kazoofest, the Toledo Blade reports that the team will be offering special themed concessions as well:
There will be Yoda Sodas, Darth Chocolate Brownie Sundaes, and the ballpark's Tatoo-wieners (hot dogs), which are named after the desert home world of Luke Skywalker.