ESPN Music: Texas Rangers
August, 3, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Rob Carr/Getty ImagesThe music at Texas Rangers games pays homage to the state's country-rich tradition.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: “Cotton Eye Joe” by Al Dean & The All-Stars
Tradition: Played during the seventh-inning stretch at the Rangers’ park.
• “When I first came here in 1983, I was told the one [musical] tradition the Rangers had was Cotton Eye Joe,” said Chuck Morgan, executive VP of ballpark entertainment and productions. “It’s an old Texas fiddle song.”
• The fans have enough room between the seats to do the "Cotton Eye Joe" two-step dance, a la John Travolta in the 1980 flick "Urban Cowboy."
• For the past four seasons, the team has played “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in the fifth inning.