Quick history: I got the idea for this quirky exercise after hearing a particular song at the ballpark (OK, it took me about a dozen times hearing it before I made the association to the team) when it hit me, “How about making a list of songs that best represent a team?!” I started in the AL Central, since it is not only near and dear to me, but because the first song/team combo was located in this division. I’ll try to shy away from the blatantly obvious, while slipping in a few funny ones, and trying for a lot of upbeat summer-type tunes. Enjoy!
For the sake of good order, I’ll list the teams in the order they finished the 2013 regular season.
Boston Red Sox:
The Red Sox are a team that so many artists have talked/sung about in their songs; even more artists seem to sing about the city itself, so it made searching for that “right” song that much harder. I managed to stay away from the overly popular/obvious by choosing another song by Mr. Craig Finn. Craig, though a Minnesotan at heart, spent his college years in Boston, so he knows a thing or two about the city.
Tampa Bay Rays:
Since the Rays switched from the Devil Rays (sting rays) to the Rays (more sun/sunshine-oriented) it made my search easier. Try to come up with one good song about a sting ray versus the unlimited number of songs feuled by the sun.
New York Yankees:
Similar to Boston, New York just flat out has too many songs about NYC or its surrounding boroughs. I shied away from being too obvious (like when you get slapped in the face with a non-stop playlist of NY-centric songs in New Yankee Stadium). the recent “disappointment” in the Yankees (guys retiring, getting hurt, getting stung for PEDs, or missing the playoffs) make this song feel appropriate for not just the rest of the world’s view of the Evil Empire, but the Yankee fan, too.
Though the Oriole is a song bird, you would be hard-pressed finding a song about it (I don;t know one). How is it that a blackbird gets one of the most popular songs of all-time named after it, but a beautiful song-bird like the majestic oriole gets snubbed?! I at least chose a tune focused on the color of the “Icterus galbula.”
Toronto Blue Jays:
Canadians – aren’t they weird?! Our only non-US MLB team deserves a strange song to represent their strange/backwards culture. The Beatles had a song named “Blue Jay Way,” but as it is even too weird (or more appropriately, “not their best representation”) I chose to dig deeper. Listen closely, “Blue Jay” is mentioned in the lyrics of this song.