Stadium Songs: New York Yankees
July, 19, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
AP Photo/Chris O'MearaGeorge Steinbrenner's favorite musical artist is still a staple in the Yankees' stadium speakers.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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New York Yankees
Song: “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
Tradition: Played after wins -- and losses -- in the Bronx
• Of his taste in music, former owner George Steinbrenner once said, “Anything by Frank Sinatra.”
• Sinatra’s version is a cover of Liza Minelli’s song from the 1970 film by the same name. In 1980, the club began playing Sinatra after wins and Minelli after losses. Bothered by this, Minelli demanded a change, and in response the team dropped her version entirely.
• “God Bless America” has become a staple of the Yankees game experience since Sept. 11, 2001.
• The grounds crew rocks out to “YMCA” while manicuring the infield mid-game.
• The first seconds of 2 Unlimited’s “Workaholic” is played after every run scored by the team.