Thursday, August 2, 2012
Stadium Songs: Seattle Mariners
By Andrew Pentis ESPN The Magazine
Jimi Hendrix, who was born in Seattle, helps Mariners fans celebrate victories after the final out.
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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Seattle Mariners Song: "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation
Tradition: Played during rallies at Safeco Field
• The day before Game 1 of the 2000 ALDS, marketing director Greg Greene received a song suggestion from assistant GM Lee Pelekoudas. “I was a little worried a song from our assistant GM might not be good,” Greene said. “He said his son had heard it in college and thought it would be good for the ballpark. We put the disc in and were blown away. We played it the next day, and it caught on from there.”
• Fans chant along but don’t know what song they’re chanting to. “That’s the question we get more than any else,” Greene said. “‘What song was that you played?’”
• “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen has been played in the seventh inning since the early ‘90s.
• Since 2009, Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” is played after victories. Hendrix was born in Seattle.