Los Angeles Dodgers Need to Nix "Don't Stop Believin'"

Michael Del MuroCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES - JULY 16: Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to the game against the Houston Astros on July 16, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It's the middle of the eighth inning, and the Dodgers lead the Cincinnati Reds 7-5.

It's been a good game, and fans need something to pump them up. You know, the way the Boston Red Sox use "Sweet Caroline" to pump their fans up.

Makes sense, I guess.

Hell, the Latin rock/rap band Ozomatli wrote and sang the song "Can't Stop the Blue (Go Dodgers!)" for the team. But do they use that one?


Instead, this is what we've gotten since last season:

"Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world/She took the midnight train going anywhere/Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit/He took the midnight train going anywhere"

Really, Journey? "Don't Stop Believin'?"

That's the best the Dodgers can do?


The team ignores this city's rich history to sing the words "South Detroit" in the middle of a game.

This has to change. It's time for the Dodgers to pick a new eighth-inning song.

It has to be a song that fits the city. A rap song, maybe. A rock song, probably. But definitely something hard and maybe a bit edgy. Perhaps something with a little Latin flavor.

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It must also be a song fans know and will want to sing along to.

So I've come up with a short, non-definitive list of songs that would work better for the Dodgers than "Don't Stop Believin'":

1. The Doors"Break on Through"

When one thinks of The Doors, it's hard not to think of Los Angeles. With songs like "L.A. Woman", and the fact that they are natives of the city, they should definitely be played before any song by Journey.

How awesome would it be for the crowd to start shouting "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah/Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah" as the song reaches its finale. Talk about being pumped.

2. 2Pac"California Love"

While 2Pac might originally be from the East Coast, he lived the last part of his life here. Everyone knows the song "California Love." Imagine a split screen of a 60-year-old white guy and Manny Ramirez rapping the lyrics to the song in sync:

"Let me serenade the streets of L.A./From Oakland to Sacktown/The Bay Area and back down/Cali is where they put they mack down/Give me love!"

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers"Higher Ground"

The Chili Peppers are another one of those bands synonymous with the city. Along with "I Love L.A." and "L.A. Woman," the Chili Peppers' song "Under the Bridge" is one of the most recognizable about the city.

However, since that song is about suicide, maybe it would be bad to play it in the middle of the eighth. But since "Higher Ground" is a Stevie Wonder remake, it's something that multiple generations can dig.

4. Sublime"What I Got"

For the laid back L.A. fan, Sublime might be the band that suits his or her taste. They make you want to sit back in the sun, drink a beer, and enjoy a ball game (since the stadium stops serving alcohol in the middle of the seventh, there would be no beer).

5. U2"Desire"

Although not necessarily an L.A. band, U2 became honorary Angelenos when they set up stage at Republic Liquor Store at East seventh and South Main streets in Downtown Los Angeles to cause a ruckus when they performed a free concert, which later became the video for "Where the Streets Have No Name."

While that song might be a bit too melancholy for the middle of the eighth, "Desire" definitely isn't.

What song do you think should be played?