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Earlier today I was trying to find out the songs that each team plays in the 7th inning strech (seem they all have them) and I couldn't find a website that had alot of them.

Anyway, it got me thinking about all the cool (or lame) traditions in baseball that all the teams have (yes, even the Devil Rays) but I haven't been to many stadiums so I'm not familiar with everything so I thought I'd see how you guys could do filling in the blanks!

Now I'm talking about more the stadium experience stuff, including special foods that they are known for. Could be songs, things the fans say and do, etc. As long as the average fan of that team would be familiar with it, I'd like to know about it.

If this works for MLB I'll expand it into NHL, NFL, and NBA.

I'm sure I've forgotten a bunch of obvious ones so list those as well!

Los Angeles Angels

Gene Autry's “Back in the Saddle Again” in the 7th inning

California Spectacular

Oakland Athletics

White Cleats

Mount Davis

Texas Rangers

“Cotton Eyed Joe” in 7th inning

Summer night games

Seattle Mariners

“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen in 7th inning

Chicago White Sox

"Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye"

The Fan Shower

Cleveland Indians

The Drummer

Kansas City Royals

Fountains in Outfield

Buck O'Neill Seat

Minnesota Twins

"The Hefty Bag"

Detroit Tigers

Tiger Eyes light up after Tiger Home Runs

Tiger Growls after runs

Boston Red Sox

"Play Ball" pregame

"Centerfield" pregame

"Sweet Caroline" in 8th inning

"Dirty Water" & "Tessie" after wins

Green Monster, opposing players signatures on the inside

Pesky Pole

Fenway Frank

Yawkey Way

The Triangle

Williamsburg

The Lone Red Seat

New York Yankees

Roll Call

"New York, New York" Sinatra after wins, Minelli after loses

Groundscrew YMCA

Freddy Sez

Monument Park

The Frieze

The Big Bat (coming to new park??)

"God Bless America"

Toronto Blue Jays

“OK Blue Jays” in 7th inning

Baltimore Orioles

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver in the 7th Inning

"O!" in the Star Spangled Banner

Tampa Bay Rays

“Fins” by Jimmy Buffett in 7th inning

Devil Rays fishtank

The Happy Heckler

Cowbells

Catwalks

Chicago Cubs

Celebrity "Take Me out to the Ballgame"

"Go Cubs Go!" after wins

Throwing back visitor home runs

Ivy

Rooftops

Year of the Cub

W & L Flags

St. Louis Cardinals

"Here Comes the King (Budweiser Song)" in the 8th Inning

Clydesdales on Opening Day and Playoffs

Lake DeWitt

Milwaukee Brewers

"Beer Barral Polka" in 7th Inning

Secret Stadium Sauce

Bernie the Brewer slide

Sausage Races

Tailgating

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pierogi Races

"Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers after the 7th inning stretch on a saturday night

Recently brought back from the 90's: The Train

Animated Pirate "hosting" the game

"Dead men tell no tales."

Vince Lascheid on the organ

The Pepsi bottle over the right field wall steaming and lighting up, along with the Pepsi logos, after a homerun.

Houston Astros

“Deep in the Heart of Texas” in 7th inning

Train after Astro Home Runs

Crawford Boxes

Tal's Hill & the Flagpole

Cincinnati Reds

Opening Day Parade

Power Stacks

San Diego Padres

Western Metal Supply Co. building

Arizona Diamondbacks

Swimming Pool in stands

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Dogs

"THINK BLUE" Sign

San Francisco Giants

Crab Races

Female Announcer (only mention this because she's the only one)

McCovey Cove

Giant Glove and Coke Bottle

Intentional Walk Rubber Chickens

"I left my heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett after wins

Colorado Rockies

"Hey! Baby." Cover in 7th inning

Atlanta Braves

Tomahawk Chop

Washington Nationals

"Shout!" in the 7th inning

"Sweet Caroline" in the 8th inning

Presidential Races

New York Mets

"Lazy Mary” by Lou Monte in 7th inning

Home Run Apple

"Sweet Caroline" in the 8th inning

Flight Noise

Philadelphia Phillies

Neon Liberty Bell after home runs

Florida Marlins

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After some honorary person says "Play Ball" before the game, the Red Sox play "Play Ball" by J. Bristol. They also play "Centerfield" by John Fogerty sometime before the game. Tessie is played after "Dirty Water" when they win.

The Red Sox also have the famous Fenway Frank, the festival-like experience on Yawkey Way before games, The Pesky Pole, and there's the tradition of opposing players signing the inside of the Green Monster.

I don't know if this one counts, but the light on the Hancock building changes to I think red when the Red Sox win.

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Boston Red Sox

"Sweet Caroline" in 8th inning

Washington Nationals

"Sweet Caroline" in the 8th inning

NatsTown: baseball's Australia.

Brewers: I'm sure lots of teams have pre-game tailgate parties, but is it a big thing like them like it is for the Brewers?

White Sox: "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye" before everyone else stole it. Elsewhere, I don't want to fire the opening salvo here between the you-know-whos and the what's-their-names, so I'll let somebody else.

Cincinnati Reds: opening day parade!

Oakland A's: trumpet guy

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Yankees:

- Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during 7th inning stretch, Ronan Tynan on special occasions.

- Grounds crew does YMCA before top of the 7th

- Freddie Sez perhaps?

- I'm pretty sure they only play the Sinatra "New York, New York" now.

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San Francisco Giants

Crab Races

There have never been crab races. There was an "anti-mascot" that was a crab, but never crab races.

Unless they started doing that in 2008 when I decided for my own sanity not to follow the team on a regular basis.

As far as traditions go for the Giants:

the homerun foghorn

intentional walk rubber chickens (although I think that one has been scrapped since FreakShow has departed)

Tony Bennett - "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" after a win

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Pittsburgh Pirates

Pierogi Races

"Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers after the 7th inning stretch on a saturday night

Recently brought back from the 90's:

Animated Pirate "hosting" the game (

as well as introducing news headlines, 7th inning stretch, bloopers, etc.)

"Dead men tell no tales."

Vince Lascheid on the organ

The Pepsi bottle over the right field wall steaming and lighting up, along with the Pepsi logos, after a homerun.

A couple years ago they used to have a beacon flash atop the Gulf Building after every homerun/win, but not anymore.

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Pittsburgh Pirates

Pierogi Races

"Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers after the 7th inning stretch on a saturday night

Recently brought back:

Animated Pirate "hosting" the game (

as well as introducing news headlines, 7th inning stretch, bloopers, etc.)

"Dead men tell no tales."

Vince Lascheid on the organ

The Pepsi bottle over the right field wall steaming and lighting up, along with the Pepsi logos, after a homerun.

A couple years ago they used to have a beacon flash atop the Gulf Building after every homerun/win, but not anymore.

And a staple since '93: losing records every year!

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San Francisco Giants

Crab Races

There have never been crab races. There was an "anti-mascot" that was a crab, but never crab races.

Unless they started doing that in 2008 when I decided for my own sanity not to follow the team on a regular basis.

As far as traditions go for the Giants:

the homerun foghorn

intentional walk rubber chickens (although I think that one has been scrapped since FreakShow has departed)

Tony Bennett - "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" after a win

Crap...sorry I think between wanting to put president races and remembering the photo of the crab suit I got mixed up when typing...I'll remove and add all the other things. I've also updated with some wikipedia stuff I found.

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The Braves still do the tomahawk chop.

Beat me to it.

Also, they play "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" or something to that effect after our 7th inning stretch, which basically sends the place into a frenzy.

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Da Bleachuh Creachuhs! (I see you have Roll Call already, but they're a lot more than that)

Orioles, the Warehouse.

White Sox: 7:11?

Indians... the hat guy?

Angels' halo of course! And that big ecosystem environment thing in left field.

Blue Jays: Restaurant? I dunno, but I hear about it a lot when the Sox go there.

Pirates: Three bridges and the river(s).. gorgeous.

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Yankees:

- Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during 7th inning stretch, Ronan Tynan on special occasions.

- Grounds crew does YMCA before top of the 7th

- Freddie Sez perhaps?

- I'm pretty sure they only play the Sinatra "New York, New York" now.

They do, Liza Minelli objected to be used after losses and demanded they stop.

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