Thursday, August 9, 2012
Stadium Songs: Philadelphia Phillies
By Andrew Pentis ESPN The Magazine
The Philadelphia Phillies' victory song now pays tribute to their longtime broadcaster.
In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back 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 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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Philadelphia Phillies Song: “High Hopes,” by late Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas
Tradition: Played after wins
• Since 2009, the team has played a video of Kalas singing the Frank Sinatra song during his 2002 Hall of Fame acceptance speech.
• Kalas made the song famous among Phillies fans after he sang it in Pittsburgh’s visitors clubhouse during the 1993 NL East Division Championship celebration -- and the Phillies' videographer caught it on tape. Kalas then performed the song on the field at Citizens Bank Park after the team clinched the 2007 and 2008 division titles.