Picking a Rally Song for Each MLB Playoff Contender
Every MLB team trying to fight for a playoff ticket needs something to rally around. For some teams it will be a big performance by one of their stars, while others will find other things to rally around.
A rally song could be a great thing to get the fans and team pumped for the postseason run. Music has the ability to inspire and bring people together.
In this piece, there will be one song selected that helps fit the vibe of both the players on the team and the franchise. The rally songs encompass a number of very different genres of music.
New York Yankees: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z, Featuring Alicia Keys
The New York Yankees are looking to go after their 28th World Series title this season. A franchise that has proven that they are the best in MLB history deserves a rally song from someone who has had an equal amount of success.
Jay-Z is one of the top rappers ever. He name-drops the Yankees when he said that he "made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can."
While Derek Jeter may have something to say about that, that should not stop "Empire State of Mind" from being a rally song for the Yankees.
Baltimore Orioles: "Who Are You?" by the Who
The last time that the Baltimore Orioles were in the postseason was in 1997 when they were led by Mike Mussina. Baltimore reached the ALCS that year and lost to the Cleveland Indians.
It is safe to say that the Orioles are one of the biggest surprise contenders this season, and since they have not been in the playoffs in more than a decade, "Who Are You?" is the perfect rally song for them.
The Orioles have shown teams who they are with their outstanding play this year.
Tampa Bay Rays: "Two Tickets to Paradise" by Eddie Money
For Major League Baseball teams, the postseason (and specifically the World Series) is their paradise. They are trying to do everything they can during the regular season to punch their tickets to the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten to the playoffs for each of the past two seasons, and they are packing their bags for the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Chicago White Sox: "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
Coming into the season, the Detroit Tigers were the favorites to win the American League Central (h/t Joey Nowak of MLB.com).
However, the Tigers have spent most of the season in second place thanks to the play of the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are continuing to hold off the the Tigers, even though Detroit has a much better roster. Chicago will try to hold on the next month as it tries to reach the playoffs.
Detroit Tigers: "'Till I Collapse" by Eminem and Nate Dogg
Fighting back and trying to reach the postseason is not an easy task.
The Detroit Tigers have been trying to catch the Chicago White Sox all year. This has to be quite a challenge for the Tigers, but they are not going to give up. They will be fighting for first place right until the end of the season.
A rally song from Detroit legend Eminem is only fitting, and "'Till I Collapse" was the song of choice for Justin Verlander earlier this year (h/t Steve Bryne of the Detroit Free Press).
Texas Rangers: "In for the Kill" by La Roux (Skrillex Remix)
The Texas Rangers have reached the World Series in each of the past two seasons, but they have not been able to seal the deal.
Texas is obviously hoping to change that this year.
A World Series victory in 2012 would be the first in Rangers franchise history. They have a stacked team this year, so they could go "In For the Kill" and come out on top.
Oakland Athletics: "Still Swingin'" by Papa Roach
It definitely has been a surprise for many people to see the Oakland Athletics in the midst of the playoff race in the middle of September.
The A's have a good shot at picking up up a wild-card spot this year. Despite the fact that many people did not expect the Athletics to be in the position they are, they are "Still Swingin'" and are certainly a postseason contender.
Los Angeles Angels: "I've Got the Power" by Snap!
The Los Angeles Angeles brought in Albert Pujols this past offseason to add more power to their lineup and to help lead them to the postseason. He has helped with the first objective, but the second is in question.
Three Angels—Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo—should surpass the 30-home run mark this year, and the Angels could be the only team that has three 30-home run hitters this season.
Washington Nationals: "You're the Best Around" by Joe Esposito
It has been an outstanding season for the Washington Nationals, and they currently have the best record in the major leagues. They do have some challenges for the rest of the year now that they have shut down Stephen Strasburg, though.
However, nothing should keep the Nationals down this season, and they are hoping they can reach the World Series without one of their top starters.
Atlanta Braves: "Chop Chop" by YoungBloodZ
Atlanta Braves fans are known for doing the Tomahawk Chop during games, and they can be seen doing the chop with foam axes all throughout Turner Field.
"Chop Chop" by YoungBloodZ, a rap duo from Atlanta, would serve as a perfect rally song for the Braves as they try to reach the postseason in 2012.
Philadelphia Philies: "I'm Back" by T.I.
Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the Philadelphia Phillies had no chance at the postseason. They were struggling and were well under .500.
Now, the Phillies find themselves in the thick of the Wild Card chase. They have gone 15-4 in their last 19 games to get within three games of a playoff spot. They are certainly right back in the playoff race.
Cincinnati Reds: "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
As the season has gone on, the Cincinnati Reds have gotten stronger and stronger. After a good start, they went 38-18 in July and August.
It looks like the Reds are going to be a very difficult team to stop in October. They have been on a tear and look like a big-time World Series contender.
St. Louis Cardinals: 'Just a Dream" by Nelly
The 2011 season must have seemed like a dream for the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans. Around the end of August, it did not look likely that the Cardinals would be a playoff team, but they reached the postseason.
When the Cardinals were in the World Series, they were down to their final strike twice in Game 6 and were able to come back and win.
St. Louis is hoping it can repeat its dream season from last year.
Having a rally song from local legend Nelly would help give the Cardinals and their fans the extra push they need to reach the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Pirates: "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty
The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to pick up a lot of ground in the Wild Card race over the past few weeks but they have struggled.
Pittsburgh has won just two of their past ten games. They are in somewhat of a free fall and they need to turn things around quickly.
Milwaukee Brewers: "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and the Wings
Just a few weeks ago, it did not look like the Milwaukee Brewers would be a postseason team. Now, they are a team on a run.
Milwaukee has gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and they are closing in on a Wild Card spot although they still have a number of teams to get ahead of.
San Francisco Giants: "Going Back to Cali" by Notorious B.I.G.
The San Francisco Giants brought the World Series trophy to California in 2010, and they certainly would like to bring the trophy back to Cali in 2012.
It appears as if the Giants' lead in the National League West will be safe, and they soon could begin focusing on how they are going to take care of business in the postseason.
Los Angeles Dodgers: "Stronger" by Kanye West
After being taken over by new ownership earlier this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing whatever they can to put together a team that could win the World Series.
The Dodgers have made a number of huge additions this year to make their team stronger. Bringing in Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez, among others, has certainly made the Dodgers a much better team.
Arizona Diamondbacks: "A Little Too Late" by Toby Keith
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been trying to get back into the Wild Card race and they are still hanging on the fringes of being in contention. There are a number of teams that they need to move ahead of to reach the playoffs.
It seems as if it is a little bit late for the Diamondbacks to make a run, but they still could pull off something impressive.