Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack / I don’t care if I ever get back…
There’s plenty of downtime at every Major League Baseball game. In fact, the sport has breaks built into each half-inning, not to mention the breaks in between every pitch thrown and the seventh-inning stretch, when fans limber up and sing the classic “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Baseball was invented in the 19th century, when things moved slower and people didn’t mind the pauses.
To compensate for so many breaks, modern baseball stadiums go heavy on sound effects, mid-inning promotions, stunts, mascots, and a variety of other distractions. One of the most enduring traditions involves popular songs fans sing at certain moments of the game.
Some are rallying cries that have come to signify a team’s culture as a whole; others provide comic relief or a way to assert dominance at the close of a sweet victory. Here are five signature songs fans of MLB teams love to sing at their respective stadiums.