ESPN enlisted the help of notable musicians to provide their distinctive interpretations of the "Baseball Tonight" theme song during the 2011 season. We've already featured these versions of the song on air and in the ESPN Music section; now we want you to help us crown the best version of them all.
For 11 weeks, we'll have two artists square off in a poll for you to vote on. The winner will then face the next artist on the schedule and so on until the final week, when we'll see who is the last one standing (full schedule at the bottom).
It was a bittersweet week for rapper and producer J. Cole. His new album, "Cole World," was released Tuesday but by the end of Thursday night his four-week winning streak in the "Baseball Tonight" theme showdown was halted by heavy metal guitarist Zakk Wylde. Black Label Society guitarist Wylde takes on jazz musician John Pizzarelli in Week 10. So vote in the poll at the right of this page now through Oct. 6.
Editor's note: Last week's Cole vs. Wylde poll was interrupted because of a technical error that forced a resetting of the poll on Monday. However, the vote count (2,280 for Cole and 5,533 for Wylde) were retrieved and when combined with the results after the polls were reset, Wylde still came out ahead. Here are the results of both sets of votes combined: Cole, 8,797 votes (36 percent); Wylde, 15,594 votes (64 percent). We apologize for the error.
ESPN's MLB theme by Zakk Wylde
Click here for a video of guitarist Zakk Wylde playing ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" theme song.
ESPN's MLB theme by John Pizarelli
Click here for a video of jazz musician John Pizzarelli playing ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" theme song.
"Baseball Tonight" theme music poll schedule:
Week 1 (July 29-Aug. 4): Staind vs. Good Charlotte
Week 2 (Aug. 5-11): Staind vs. Da' Zoo
Week 3 (Aug. 12-18): Staind vs. Travis Barker
Week 4 (Aug. 19-25): Travis Barker vs. Seether
Week 5 (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): Travis Barker vs. J. Cole
Week 6 (Sept. 2-8): J. Cole vs. Tom Morello
Week 7 (Sept. 9-15): J. Cole vs. Grupo Fantasma
Week 8 (Sept. 16-22): J. Cole vs. Steve Earle
Week 9 (Sept. 23-29): J. Cole vs. Zakk Wylde
Week 10 (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Zakk Wylde vs. John Pizzarelli
Week 11 (Oct. 7-13): Championship between Week 10 winner and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals