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I didn't know about the <a
href="http://www.afternoonbaseball.com/2008/01/midweek-links.html">Yankees'
fight song</a>. But there's a good reason. Does the crowd chant it (or
sing it) during the game? If not, I can't be responsible for not
knowing it. Granted, if I heard it, I might recognize it. But I
wouldn't know about the words, etc.

Fight songs are fine, actually. But they aren't about the fans, even
though they're sold as such and believed to be about them. They're a
cheap, easy way for teams (or causes, etc.) to assimilate support.
That's not always a bad thing -- in the case of a sports team, it's a
superficial group thought. But make no mistake, if the crowd is
singing fight songs and chanting overly simple slogans, they've less
time to boo or question the home team's direction.

1 Responses to “Re: Fight song ignorance”

  1. # Blogger Jen

    I never really considered that song a "fight" song in the classic sense, like the ones in college football. I consider it more a theme song, because, well that's how I first heard it. They used to play it before and after the games on WPIX, but the instrumental version, which I think is much more recognizable than one with lyrics. They do play the full version at the Stadium on occasion and I hear a few people singing along. I do too, but I only learned the lyrics a couple years ago from the Deadball Era site that was liked to on Was Watching.

    Like I said, no matter how Wikipedia categorizes it, it's a theme song to me, not a fight song. Personally I think it would be a bit awkward for 50,000 people to sing along with it. It's closer to "Meet the Mets" than the "Notre Dame Victory Marchs". But that's just me.  

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