ESPN Music: Pittsburgh Pirates
August, 20, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesEven when the Pirates struggle on the field, their theme song brings hope and optimism.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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Song: “A New Pirates Generation” by Buzz Poets
Tradition: Played after home wins at PNC Park
• The lyrics are hopeful for the future yet reminiscent of the past: “Cross the bridge, through the gate to the field of green / Young and old stories told from your childhood dream / Pops, Wagner, Traynor, Maz, and heroes yet to be named / Great catch, clutch hits like Clemente played”.
• The club stopped using the tune in 2008 but soon brought it back at fans’ incessant requests.
May, 21, 2012
By Doug Williams | ESPN.com
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesPirates utility player Josh Harrison uses walk-up music that his brother Shaun created for him.When Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison marches to the plate at PNC Park, it’s always to his own beat.
No other player in the majors uses the same walk-up music as Harrison.
Since his days at the University of Cincinnati, Harrison -- now in his second season with the Pirates -- has been accompanied to his at-bats by the songs of his older brother, Shaun.
“I get a lot of requests asking me what I come out to and everything, and who makes it,” Harrison says. “I always tell them my brother. But it’s one of those things where I like my brother’s music and I don’t have to worry about anybody else having my walk-up song.
“That’s a big thing with walk-up songs. Guys are like, 'I’m gonna come out to this,' and another guy’s like, 'I’m gonna come out to that.'”
Through most of his minor league career, from 2008 until he was called up to the big leagues last May, Harrison’s primary walk-up song was “I’m the Man.” But since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s alternated between three other songs written and performed by his brother: “Shock Da Globe,” “Gotta See Me” and “Focused on the Grind” (on which a cousin also helped).