ESPN Music: San Francisco Giants

Metal dudes and wooden bats by the Bay

May, 6, 2014
May 6

Metallica were after hits of a different sort when they visited AT&T Park last week for batting practice before a San Francisco Giants game. The band threw a few pitches, took a few swings and generally had a good time hanging out at their hometown ballpark. (As all good headbangers know, Metallica traces its early roots to the San Francisco Bay Area, having moved there from Los Angeles at the request of their late, great bassist, Cliff Burton.)

Pioneering thrash metal band and baseball might seem like an odd combination, but Metallica and the Giants have a history together. The team hosted the band at "Metallica Night" last season and they did it up right -- drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch and Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield played a searing guitar duet of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It was so much fun that they're doing it again on Friday, May 16.

Music Issue playlist: Tim Flannery

February, 14, 2013
Tim FlanneryPamela Littky for ESPNThe Giants third base coach has an eclectic collection of classic rock, country and pop.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

In ESPN The Magazine's Music Issue, Tim Keown writes about how San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery is using his Irish-inspired music to save the life of one fan. Read the story.

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World Series parody set to 'Some Nights'

October, 24, 2012
Courtesy of NOC, here's a World Series music parody set to "Some Nights" by Fun.

Stadium Songs: San Francisco Giants

August, 28, 2012
JourneyDonald Kravitz/Getty ImagesJourney is played during the eighth inning of Giants games, whether they're winning or losing.
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.

We've featured the music for every time over the last month on ESPN Playbook. This is the final installment. To see all entries, click here.

San Francisco Giants
Song: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett
Tradition: Played after wins in China Basin

Fun fact:
• Former marketing and entertainment director Bryan Srabian suggested the song, which Bennett recorded in 1962, after the club moved to its new stadium in 2000.

Bonus music:
• Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” became a theme for the team’s 2010 World Series run. That song is now played in the eighth inning of games in which the Giants are tied or behind.
• If the team is winning, Journey’s “Lights” is heard instead.