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.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
The Dodgers are now synonymous with huge spending and Hollywood celebrity-supporters. What could be better than a song about someone heading out West to Hollywood to be the “leading man?” Sounds like the recent trend in baseball if you ask me.
Playing off of what was written about the Dodgers, how about a song based in Arizona and rooted in everything anti-LA and anti-Hollywood? The Diamondbacks may be a newer franchise but we now have bad blood (and maybe a little urine in the pool) between the teams.
San Francisco Giants:
Plain and simple, I just had to choose “I left my heart in San Fran…” NOPE! I had one song in mind when I heard “Giants” and that was a crushing, heavy instrumental that seems to fit their championship ways.
San Diego Padres:
San Diego? Though the song I chose is not about fathers per se, I stuck with the Spanish theme and had the added bonus of containing a few familial words in the lyrics.
Don’t worry, I did not use John DENVER’s “ROCKY Mountain High;” even if the stars aligned perfectly on that combo of town and team name, I have to say no – some things are too obvious. Plus, don’t they deserve a bit more rock and respect than that?! Instead of going with the most obvious choice, I have to play the other Bauer (card game terminology)… at least this guy can rock!