Monday, August 27, 2012
Stadium Songs: San Diego Padres
By Andrew Pentis ESPN The Magazine
The San Diego Padres honor the U.S. Military during the fourth inning of every home game.
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.
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San Diego Padres Song: “The Marine Hymn”
Tradition: Played in the fourth inning of Sunday games at Petco Park
• The Padres established a Military Affairs Department in November 1995. Since then, uniformed recruits from the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot attend games en masse, often filling entire sections in the upper deck.
• During the song, fans stand up, clap along and cheer for the recruits.
• Even the umpires pay attention, interrupting their typical between-innings routine to look up at the recruits and remove their caps.
• During closer Trevor Hoffman’s time, his walk-out song, AC/DC’s “Hells Bells,” was symbolic of San Diego.