Cleveland Indians Walk-Up Songs

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Fans, both local and traveling, can enjoy the Cleveland Indians take on opponents at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. While it’s currently under a multi-phase renovation, stadium visitors will soon be able to experience an enhanced view, expanding entryways, and new concession offerings.

A large part of the stadium experience is the music, and the Cleveland Indians really know how to rock out with a variety of walk up songs. Hip-hop/rap, rock, alternative, and electronic are just a few genres that make up the team’s walk-up playlist – music personally picked by the players to help them get in the zone as they walk up to the plate.

Battle Cry!

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There are a total of 34 different walk-up songs between the Cleveland Indians players, and there’s no hard limit on the amount of songs a player may choose. First baseman Mike Napoli and catcher Roberto Perez lead the team with three walk-up songs each. Napoli opts for hip-hop/rap songs, choosing “Grove St. Party” by Waka Flocka Flame, “Pop, Lock & Drop It” by Huey, and “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team. Perez fills the air with Latin music – specifically urban and Latino – with his selections of “Mi Vecinita” by Plan B, “Si Te Dejas Llevar” by Ozuna, and “Si Tú No Estás” by Nicky Jam.

Hitting Singles

Pitchers Andrew Miller, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger are the only players to select a pop, metal, or electronic song. Miller walks up to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” while Bauer goes a little harder with Amon Amarth’s “The Pursuit Of Vikings.” Clevinger feels the beat with Major Lazer’s “Light It Up.”

Cleveland Rocks

With six songs on the roster, rock music earns a second-place finish. Catcher Chris Gimenez  walks up to either “Fix Me” by 10 Years or “Black Honey” by Thrice. Pitchers Cody Anderson and Jeff Manship enjoy walking out to Kid Rock’s “Born Free” and the Foo Fighters’ “Bridge Burning,” respectively.

Press Play and Then Play Ball

While each Indians player might prefer walking up to the plate with a different song in the background, their desires are all the same: Win the game. No matter what songs are on your playlist, you can get ready to cheer on your favorite team with Fanatics – where you’ll find the very best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise.

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The Evolution of the San Francisco 49ers Jersey

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The San Francisco 49ers got their start in the ’40s – not in the NFL, but in the All-America Football Conference, a rival league to the NFL and one of its early competitors. Founder Tony Morabito worked hard to bring his idea of a San Francisco football team to fruition, and once he joined forces with a few other forward thinkers, the AAFC was born… and so too was the San Francisco 49ers.

The team name, of course, came from those who traveled west during the California Gold Rush, during which San Francisco became a boom town and saw its economy soar. The effects of the gold rush was so massive that it helped usher California’s admittance to the United States as a free state in 1850, which made the 49ers a perfect moniker for the new football franchise.

After four seasons of operations, the AAFC folded, and three of its teams were merged into the NFL. In addition to the Niners, AAFC’s Cleveland and Baltimore were awarded NFL franchises and the rest, as we say, is history.

Success in San Francisco

The 49ers have had quite the history, winning five Super Bowls (1994, 1989, 1988, 1984, 1981) in six appearances (their only loss occurring just a few years ago after the 2012 season). They also have had plenty of superstars on their roster over the last seven decades, including Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice, as well as other standout players, like Frank Gore and Terrell Owens.

To go along with their success on the field, the team has maintained a general color scheme over its decades of play, but there have been a few changes here and there – check them out below.

Notable Niners Uniform Changes

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1946: When the 49ers took the field for the first time in 1946, they sported plain white leather helmets paired with a plain red jersey which featured white numerals in a traditional semi-block font. This color scheme would stand the test of time, although it would go through a few tweaks later on.

1950: The Niners had switched to a silver helmet with a red stripe in 1948, but abandoned said stripe by the time they joined the NFL. For a game against the Rams, they wore jerseys adorned with triple white stripes.

1958: This was the year TV numbers were added to jersey sleeves for the 49ers.

1962: A 49ers helmet logo finally appears. Player helmets (both sides) sport a large red oval with a thin black outline with a white SF nestled inside.

1964: The 49ers make a final switch from silver to gold for both the helmets and pants.

1970: Last names appear on the back of the Niners’ jerseys for the first time, where they will stay.

1996: Major changes were made this year, starting from the top, where the helmet logo is tweaked a bit to feature a gold outline that is surrounded by a thicker black outline. Not to be outdone, the stripe pattern undergoes a couple changes, including a thick red stripe flanked by thin black stripes. TV numbers? Relocated to the shoulders, and all numbers are changed to a double outline. The SF oval logo is superimposed over the triple sleeve stripes, and pants go from gold to white and a black-red-black stripe pattern. They also celebrate their 50th anniversary with a patch over the left breast.

1998: The name on back lettering goes to a single outline, and the pants go back to the gold standard with a side stripe pattern of red-black-red.

2009: This year ushers in a switch back to the older style of decades past, with helmet stripes going back to a red-white-red pattern and face masks popping back to grey after being red for a number of years. The red of the home jerseys (and the red numbers on the away jerseys) are brighter than they had been since 1996, and the 49ers wordmark is placed above the front number. The numbers and names are a single solid color (no more outlines) and the triple stripe pattern on the sleeves are truncated due to modern sleeve cuts.

2015: The all-black styling of a Niners alternate uniform makes its debut. The jersey is paired with plain red numbers, and the pants feature a single red stripe down the side.

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New York Yankees Walk-Up Songs

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The New York Yankees got their start in the early 20th century when their first incarnation played in Baltimore, notably under the team name Orioles. The team moved to NYC just a few years later and took the field for the first time under a new name: The New York Highlanders.   

The team is now known as the Yankees, of course, and thousands of fans flock to the “new” Yankee Stadium for each game. The stadium was built across the street from the site of the original stadium – The House That Ruth Built – in 2009. The Yankees have been the world champs a whopping 27 times, which is by far the most in MLB history. In fact, it more than doubles the No. 2 spot on the world champs list (the St. Louis Cardinals, with 11 wins).

In addition to tons of gameday entertainment, the stadium pops out a song each time a home-team player strolls up to the batter’s box. This boosts the stadium’s energy, which both the fans and players feed upon. Read on to learn which beats get the Yankees going.

Beats in the Bronx

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The Yankees’ player selections for walk-up songs are as varied as the athletes themselves, but fans note that there is plenty of hip-hop to be found. The next most popular genre is Christian and gospel, followed by alternative, country, R&B and soul, reggae, and rock.

City Beats

New York is basically the hip-hop capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that many player favorites are hip-hop tracks. Mark Teixeira chose “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., a classic ’80s number by the popular trio out of Queens. Jacoby Ellsbury is a fan of successful hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who hails from Brooklyn. Didi Gregorius chose another native New Yorker – Notorious B.I.G., whose self-titled tune belts out from Yankee Stadium’s sound system when Gregorius steps up to the plate.

Spiritual Sounds

Hip-hop may rule New York, but there are plenty of other genres at the stadium too. Christian artists have some playing time at Yankee Stadium; third baseman Chase Headley uses two different Christian rock anthems as his walk-up selections, including “Take My Life” by Jeremy Camp and “Surrender” by Third Day. Right-hand pitcher Kirby Yates goes reggae, with Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” as his selection. Outfielder Brett Gardner draws on his Southern roots with Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels” ringing through the stadium as he steps up to the plate, and pitcher Anthony Swarzak turns to supergroup Audioslave and their alternative tune “Cochise” for inspiration.

Turn It Up

Although the Yanks’ players have different tastes, they all agree that the right tune can really get them in the mood to blast one out of the park. From old-school hip-hop and reggae to Christian and modern rock supergroups, multiple genres get the players pumped. If you want to get electrified, crank some walk-up tunes and get your Yankees gear at Fanatics.com, where we definitely have you covered.

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PGA Tour: FedexCup Playoffs

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Before the 1920s, professional golf events were held at various points around the country, but there was no cohesion between them – in other words, it wasn’t tour golf. That all changed when the PGA Tour got its start when tournaments were held on the west coast, Texas, and Florida, and within a few years, the Tour boasted $77,000 in prize money.

The PGA Tour has certainly exploded since those early days. The FedExCup Playoffs, a series of four playoff events, is actually a relative newcomer to the golfing world–established in 2007. Golfers compete all season long on the PGA Tour, which runs from October through August. Players rack up points during the PGA Tour season, which then carry over into the FedExCup Playoffs. They not only hope to capture the championship title and the cup itself, but also a nice purse on the line–the overall winner of the championship gets a cool $10 million.

The playoffs are only a part of the full Tour experience. The events that lead up to these playoffs are often familiar to the casual fan, particularly the majors. The Masters Tournament, for example, is probably the most well known, and takes place every spring in April. The U.S. Open is another many are familiar with, which helps usher in summer every year in June. The third of the majors is the Open Championship in July, and the fourth is the PGA Championship, which usually takes place in late July or August.

The Postseason

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Four events take place in the playoffs themselves. They include The Barclays, the Deutsche Bank Championship, the BMW Championship, and the TOUR Championship. The points amassed from the regular PGA Tour season determine who gets to compete in the playoffs, with the top 125 players nabbing a spot in the first tourney, The Barclays.

After that first matchup, the number of golfers allowed to play in the rest of the tournaments is determined by their overall point total. Points matter even more during the playoffs, as the top spot garners 2,000 points in each of the four events. Contenders are pared down after each tourney, also – while the first event has a 125 player field, the second has 100, the third has 70, and the final event hosts the top 30 players.

The winner of the championship nets the most winnings (to the tune of $10 million). The runner up doesn’t do too badly, either–$3 million. Third place gets $2 million, fourth a million and a half, and the fifth spot grabs $1 million.

The 2015 FedExCup winner was Jordan Spieth. Other historical winners include Billy Horschel in 2014, and Henrik Stenson in 2013. Tiger Woods grabbed both the 2009 cup and the inaugural playoff championship in 2007, while Vijay Singh won in-between in 2008.

Some of the Best

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Patrick “Big Game” Reed

Patrick Reed, from Texas, United States, is one of the players in the hunt this year. In the playoffs, he came in at No. 1 in The Barclays and at No. 5 in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He won several other championships over his career, including the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The Aussie

Australia’s Jason Day is also in the mix. He was tied for fourth place in The Barclays and for 15th in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Day got his passion for golf from his dad, and was inspired in his early years by a Tiger Woods book. He won The Barclays in 2015 as well as the BMW Championship that same year.

Dustin “The Cheetah” Johnson

Dustin Johnson, from South Carolina, United states, has previously notched 18th place at The Barclays and 8th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He won the U.S. Open this season, and has been ranked in the top 5 each year that he’s participated in the PGA Tour.

Adam Scott

Scott, from Australia, nabbed fourth place in the first two events of the playoffs. He began golfing at a young age, was coached by his father, and turned pro in 2000. He’s the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament, in 2013, and was the youngest player to win the Player’s Championship in 2003.

The Golden Child

Last year’s FedExCup winner is Jordan Spieth, who is also from Texas. At The Barclays, he grabbed a tie for 10th place, and at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he tied for 21st. Spieth comes from a family of athletes. His mom and dad both played sports at the collegiate level. He broke a few records shortly after turning pro in 2012–he was the youngest man in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event, and at age 21, became the first man since 1922 to win two majors before he turned 22.

Things Are Heading Up

While we have seen incredible finishes throughout this past season, there’s time for one more.Who knows…the culmination of the season could very well come down to a final putt at the TOUR Championship. Whether you’re a casual fan of the game or a hardcore weekender, be sure to head over to Fanatics to grab all the gear you’ll need to watch the final tournament, and to get started on your own golf game.

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The Evolution of the San Diego Padres Logo

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The San Diego Padres established a name for themselves in 1968 after being awarded a National League franchise team during an owners meeting in Chicago. As the initial expansion draft took place – the team crafted a solid team consisting of thirty players, with Ollie Lee “Downtown” Brown as their first pick. The group of newly found teammates would go on to defeat Houston 2-1 during their major league debut at San Diego Stadium in 1969.

The Southern Californian team decided to adopt the name “Padres” to honor the minor league teams that had previously played in the area. “Padres” is the Spanish term for fathers or priests – referring to the friars that recognized San Diego as the site of the first Spanish Mission in the state.

Although this sun-soaking team has yet to bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy, they have appeared in the playoffs five times – reaching the World Series only twice. Despite this fact, the Padres have had many baseball greats take the field in their name. Tony Gwynn, known as “Mr. Padre,” was one of the greatest hitters the MLB has ever seen – and has displayed immense loyalty by sticking with the club for twenty seasons. Fan favorite, Randy Jones, created a lasting bond among Padres fans after being the first player on the team to receive the CY Young award in 1976going 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 25 complete games.

A teams logo is the emblem that drives instant recognition among fans, and creates a whole new realm of respect for the team and home city. We decided to take a look into the history of #PadresNation to see how their logo has transformed since their inception.

Notable Logo Changes

Entering the league in 1969, the Padres used seven different logos and four different colorways. Throughout time, the team mainly used a logo that placed emphasis on the team and city name. The Padres, although considered one of the younger franchises in the MLB, have had their share of logo changes. The 2016 season marks the latest modification to the team’s emblem; midnight blue, white and gold are utilized as the team’s primary colors.

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1969–1984:

The inaugural logo uses a friar dressed in a brown robe swinging a baseball bat.The team name is displayed outside of the image as well as on the upper-part of the bat.

1985:

The Padres ditch the original image, and opt for a simple brown-orange colored script of the team name and city. “Padres” slopes downward between the text “San Diego Baseball Club.”

1986–1989:

The logo primarily remains the same, but loses the text “San Diego Baseball Club.”

1990:

The team adds a more noticeable orange trim to the logo. The script “San Diego Baseball Club” is reintroduced on a ring behind the team name.

1991:

Ditching the brown/tan colorways, the team opts for a sleek navy blue shading instead.

1992–2003:

The blue shading on the ring is replaced for a simple white look. Pinstripes are added to the background of the logo.

2004–2010:

The team takes a complete 180 degree turn by using gold and blue as their primary colors. The team name is pictured on a baseball diamond with light blue waves underneath.

2011:

The city name “San Diego” is removed as the rest of the logo remains very similar to the previous year.

2012–2014:

The Padres unveil a simplistic design with the interlocking letters of “SD” representing the city name. The logo sits in the middle of a two-ring design that displays “San Diego Padres Baseball Club.” The gold color is ditched as the team uses white and navy blue as the dominant colors.

2015–Present:

The team opts for a minimalist logo, with the interlocking letters “SD” in midnight blue. The ring and city name are removed.

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Boston Red Sox Walk-Up Songs

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Head down Yawkey Way in Boston, Massachusetts during the summer and you’ll be greeted by the joyful noise of fans taking in a baseball game at Fenway Park. Home to the Boston Red Sox, this iconic ballpark has been in operation since 1912 and and earned honors as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

Just because it’s a living piece of history doesn’t mean this stadium and its team haven’t kept up with the times. They’ve performed multiple updates to stay current with what the newest offerings from the latest and greatest ballparks; from high-definition video boards to seat renovations and even expanded concessions.

The Fenway Faithful also get to enjoy plenty of great music piped through the hallowed grounds as players for their team walk-up to the plate. Here’s the rundown of exactly what type of music genres are most popular amongst the team.

Fenway Favorites

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Out of the 30 songs selected by Boston Red Sox players, almost half are rap and hip-hop. Boston is a rock and roll type of town, serving as the staging ground for several successful rock bands (Aerosmith, Boston, and The Cars), but that isn’t the players’ genre of choice. It is worth noting, even those that chose rock didn’t select a song by any of the hometown heroes.

Beats by Boston

Those making their walk to home plate with songs from the rap and hip-hop genre treat game day guests to songs both old and new. First baseman Hanley Ramirez, closing in on 20 home runs for the season, uses 2Pac’s “Hail Mary” to psyche himself up for his at-bats. Designated hitter and future Hall of Famer, David Ortiz, alternates between two different latin artists, Arcangel and De La Ghetto. Right fielder Markus Lynn Betts, better known as Mookie who lets Gucci Mane’s “Heavy” or Rocko’s “UOENO” announce his arrival at the plate.

Rock Your Sox Off

Offering to share some classic rock, the second genre in the lineup, with the fans are pitchers Craig Kimbrel (Guns N’ Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”), David Price (Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”) and third baseman Aaron Hill (Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”). Opting for some more modern choices, pitcher Drew Pomeranz went with Volbeat’s “Still Counting” and left fielder Brock Holt chose Reckless Kelly’s “Ragged As The Road.”

Interestingly, Rihanna is the only artists to appear multiple times, three in fact, thanks to shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Travis Shaw.

The Players’ Playlist

In between the hooting and hollering, the footlong franks and the fun times, there’s still a ballgame taking place. Whether it’s hip-hop and rap or rock, Red Sox fans just want to see their team make a run for the World Series. Show your pride for the Red Sox by sporting the best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise at Fanatics.com.

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The Evolution of the Chicago White Sox Logo

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Established in 1901, the Chicago White Sox made their debut in the American League just one year after arriving in Chi-town. The Sox are considered to be one of Major League Baseball’s oldest teams; they are also apart of the original eight franchises in the league.

Since their inception into the league, the Sox have found a place to call home in a total of three different stadiums residing in the South Side of Chicago. A few blocks south of the current Comiskey Park lies 39th street and Princeton – the team’s initial playing grounds. Charles Comiskey, team manager, built a wooden grandstand allowing a capacity of 7,500 to root for the Sox at home. A decade later, the “Baseball Palace of the World” would serve as the team’s new stomping grounds, and would do so for the next eighty years. Fast-forward to present day and the Sox currently reside in U.S. Cellular Park – built across from the old Comiskey Park, and features over forty thousand unobstructed-view seats.   

Up until the current season, the Sox have brought home the Commissioner’s Trophy a total of three times. The first championship was won in 1906 – defeating their crosstown rivals, the National League’s Chicago Cubs. The two subsequent victories were achieved during their 1917 and 2005 seasons. The team celebrated the 1917 championship by introducing an intricate new logo that would reign as the team’s emblem for the following thirteen years.  

Read on to see how the White Sox have transformed their logo throughout their journey in the MLB.

Notable Logo Changes

Entering the Major League in 1901– the Chicago White Sox have transitioned through many primary logos. The Sox utilized three different versions of their classic logo that features the letters “O” and “X” entangled in a large “S” – serving as the focal point for the piece. The team’s current primary colors are black, white and silver – versions of their logo have been seen utilizing a red, white and blue colorway over the years.

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1901–1902:

For their inaugural logo, Chicago uses a simple red block-style “C.”

1903:

Modifications are made to the font of the “C” – deviating from their original logo. The color changes to a navy blue.

1904:

The color remains the same, but the “C” becomes elongated. A triangle shape protrudes from the center of the letter.

1905:

Changes are made to the bottom of the letter – making the edge round. The design now features an open diamond in the center of the “C.”

1906–1907:

Reverting back to an earlier font style, the “C” shortens in length  – becoming more wide.

1908–1909:

Similar to the previous years fonts, the triangles make their return on the center of the letter.

1910–1911:

The team removes the triangles, but maintains the navy blue color used for the past several seasons. This is the last time the team makes use of a simple “C” for their logo.

1912–1916:

For the first time since their inception into the league, Chicago’s logo undergoes major changes. Ditching the “C” logo, the team features the word “Sox.” The “S” serves as the the focal point with “O” and “X” tangled within.

1917:

Maintaining their new logo, the team modifies the font to become thinner. Slight changes are made to the “S.”

1918–1931:

To celebrate the team’s world championship – the Sox opt for an intricate logo. A white sock is placed over a blue and gold globe with an eagle perched at the top and two bats crossed at the bottom. The words “Worlds Champions” appear around the globe, and the entire image sits on a patriotic-themed badge.

1932–1935:

The team abandons their intricate logo, and reverts back to the word “Sox.” This logo comes in a red format with the letters sloping diagonally over a yellow bat. A minimalist-styled baseball sits inside the letter “O.”

1936–1938:

The Sox revisit an earlier logo, featuring the letter “S” with an “O” and “X” entangled within.

1939–1948:

To switch things up a bit  – the team uses a cartoon boy holding a bat over his shoulder that hosts the team name on it. An outline of a red baseball is utilized as the background.

1949–1959:

The team sticks with the cartoon theme, and features a winged-white sock outlined in blue as their new logo. The city name appears in red, and is placed over the flying sock.

1960–1975:

The Sox offer a simplistic logo – placing a transparent baseball player over the outline of a sock centered in a red bubble.

1976–1981:

Displaying loyalty to their red, white and blue colorway – a new cartoon baseball player is depicted on top of the team’s name.

1982–1986:

Sticking to their guns, the team maintains the same logo as the previous year and changes the shade of blue for the 1982 season.

1987–1990:

A slight modification is made once again to the shade of blue – opting for a darker hue for the 1987 season.

1991–Present:

The team goes for a classic design by featuring “Sox” calligraphed in black on a slant with white and silver outlines.

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The Evolution of the San Francisco Giants Logo

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The National League’s San Francisco Giants are one of the most successful teams to have played in two different home cities. The Giants began their conquest of greatness in 1883 as the New York Gothams. Two seasons later, the Gothams switched the team name to the Giants – a fresh start for National League domination. Under their new title, the team would go on to earn five World Series Championships and seventeen league pennants. In the late 1950’s the Giants management was approached by the mayor of San Francisco to begin relocation negotiations – the rest was history. The newly transitioned team made their debut in San Francisco in 1958, eventually earning three World Series Championships and six league pennants.

The short-lived “New York Gothams” alias quickly changed after adopting the nickname from then-team manager Jim Mutrie referring to his players as “My giants!” The team maintained the name even after their transition over to the west coast. The Giants have also made use of different shades of black, orange and cream. 

AT&T Park – the home of the Giants since April 11th, 2000 – is settled on the edge of downtown, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. After being the first privately owned ballpark in the MLB since the opening of Dodger Stadium in 1962, AT&T Park comes equipped with everything a true fanatic needs to enjoy the ballgame! Peter Magowan, former managing partner, spearheaded the construction of the ballpark and went with a classic urban design that encompasses all of the latest amenities of modern day stadiums. If you’re heading to a game, be sure to snap a photo next to the nine-foot statue of legendary Giants center fielder, Willie Mays.

Crafting a team logo takes many factors into consideration, and modifications are constantly made to keep up the times. We took a look at the #SFGiants logo to see how the team’s emblem has changed since their debut in 1958.

Notable Logo Changes

Since their inception into the National league in 1883, the Giants have utilized many emblems, a lot of which were a product of the organization’s time in the big apple, New York. After the transition from one coast to the other, the San Francisco Giants have continued to make changes while maintaining consistency, using the team’s name in every update.

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1958–1967:

The initial logo unveiled in San Francisco features the text “Giants” placed diagonally in script on top of a white baseball with orange trim.

1968–1972:

Similar to their inaugural logo but the color of the baseball is changed to a lighter shade of orange.

1973–1982:

Maintaining loyalty to the logo they started with, the Northern Californian team opts for another minimal change by darkening the shade of the background baseball to a darker orange tone.

1983–1993:

Sticking to a similar color pattern; the team redesigns the logo with the text “Giants” written in a bold block-style font with an orange trim. The team name is centered over a baseball with black trim.

1994–1999:

The logo remains largely the same after the redesign. Modifications are made to have the text “Giant” appear in a more block-like fashion.

2000–Present:

A subtle increase in spacing between the letters of the team name is implemented. The baseball in the background changes colors to look as if it was rubbed in dirt; light-brown shading trails around the perimeter.

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St. Louis Cardinals Walk-Up Songs

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Located in downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium serves up 81 regular season games for the St. Louis Cardinals. They’re the oldest Major League Baseball team West of the Mississippi and bring joy home in the form of World Series titles, second only to the New York Yankees. Together, this team and stadium provide plenty of entertainment to both home and away fans.

One way they keep the energy high is through walk-up songs, selected by each player as a way to psych them up as they head to the plate. From rock to country and beyond, these players chose songs from a wide array of musical genres to make that walk, from the on deck circle to home plate, more exciting.

More Than Birdsongs

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There’s no clucks, chirps, or squawks echoing through the stadium’s PA system when the Cardinals players approach home plate. There is, however, plenty of hip-hop and rap followed closely by rock. Hip-hop and rap make up the most popular genre on streaming services within the United States, so it’s no surprise to see it be first in the lineup. Not far behind is rock, trailed by Latin to round out the top three genres for Cardinals players walk-up songs.

Three players – centerfielder Randal Grichuk and pitchers Jerome Williams and Jaime García – all stuffed the ballot box as each chose two different walk-up songs. Randal divided his love for rap and hip-hop, with Nelly’s “Here Comes the Boom,” and country, with Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll.” Jerome doubled down on hip-hop and rap with Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson” and Eminem’s “’Till I Collapse.” Jaime brought some rap and hip-hop to the table with Sidelajus’ “Warriors” and a mix of Latin-Mexican Regional genres with La Arrolladora’s “Sabor Al Caldo.”

Those enjoying rock, like first baseman Brandon Moss and pitchers Jonathan Broxton and Zack Duke, opted to go with classics. Moss struts out to “Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll” by AC/DC, while Broxton takes his steps to the sounds of “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath. Duke reaches back to “Magic Man” by Heart, first released in 1975 (eight years before he was born).

Squawking In Stereo

Sure, none of these players were willing to admit their love for Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, but they’ve all selected a personally perfect track to get them ready for an at-bat. As long as it helps them contribute singles, doubles, triples, or even a few home runs, fans and coaches will be willing to put up with pretty much anything.

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The Evolution of the Philadelphia Phillies Uniform

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Established in 1883, the Philadelphia Phillies are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports in the United States. The team are current members of the MLB’s National League-East division.

The team was originally known as the “Philadelphia Quakers” during their early years on the field. As a product of the times passing, the team name was changed to the “Philadelphians” – striving to be more representative of their home city. The two names were used interchangeably from 1883-1890 until the abbreviation “Phillies” made its debut.

The organization attempted to change the team name once more in the early 1940’s to the “Blue Jays.” Trying to gain acceptance, the team introduced new uniforms that featured Blue Jay patches on both sleeves. The name change was scrapped after fans kept referring to their team as the “Phillies.”

Although the Phillies have been in the National League for quite some time – the team lags behind others in terms of World Series Championships. The Fightin’ Phils have only brought the Commissioner’s Trophy home twice – once in 1980 (defeating the Kansas City Royals) and another in 2008 (against the Tampa Bay Rays). Additionally, the Phillies have a total of seven pennants and eleven East Division Titles.

Continue reading to see how the oldest team in the MLB has transformed their uniform throughout their detailed history.

Notable Uniform Changes

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1890: The Phillies enter the major league featuring white long-sleeve uniforms. Laces run down the front in place of where buttons typically go. An old English styled letter “P” sits on the left hand side of the player’s chest.

1915: The team ditches the laces and installs buttons running down the center of the uniform. The “P” is modified for a more simple look, and the sleeves are moved up – following the ¾ length trend.

1921: The team switches things up by adding pinstripes to the uniform. The buttons on the front only run down ¾ of the way, and a red “P” sits inside a blue circle.

1931: The Phillies revert back to using the old English “P,” but it’s location is moved to both sleeves of the uniform – surrounded by diamonds. A black arm band is featured on the left sleeve in memoriam to former owner William F. Baker.

1938 (Away): The team opts for a blue-gold colorway for their road uniforms. Gray serves as the base color, while yellow borders the sleeves and button trim. Gold “Phillies” script is placed in the center of the uniform, and the hat color changes to blue.

1944: In an attempt to change their name to the “Blue Jays,” the “Phillies script is feature in a shade of blue. Blue Jay patches are placed on both sleeves.

1946: Abandoning the idea of a name change – the team utilizes a white uniform, changing the “Phillies” script back to red. Red trim is used along the end of the sleeves as well as the collar. The hat remains a solid blue, hosting a red “P” in the center.

1950: The Phillies switch things up this year with their new-found obsession of the color red. This is also the year that pinstripes are introduced to the uniform – and yes, in the color red.

1971: Sticking with red, the “P” emblem makes its way back to the left hand side of the uniform while player numbers appear on the right. Thick red lines trail the sides of the entire uniform.

1972 (Away): Following league trends – the Phillies change the base color of their road uniforms to powder blue. The style of the “P” is slightly modified, and the hats remain red.

1992: Red pinstripes find their way back onto the home uniforms. The hats remain red with a white “P” sitting in the middle. “Phillies” is placed across the center of the uniform, with blue stars dotting the “i’s.”

2008: The team goes for a clean look this season by ditching the pinstripes. The uniform comes in all-white with “Phillies” remaining in the center. The base color for the caps change to blue with a red brim and “P.”

2016: Reverting back to their days of red – the team goes for an all red top with “Phillies” outlined in white.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Since their inception into the National League – East, the Phillies have advanced to the World Series a total of seven times. For a franchise whose origins date back to 1883 – organization leaders have been particularly selective in the uniform numbers they choose to retire. Currently, only six numbers have been retired for the Phillies (along with two player honors) – including Jackie Robinson’s number 42 which was retired throughout all of baseball.

The retired uniform numbers for the Philadelphia Phillies are as follows:

No. 1Richie Ashburn

No. 14Jim Bunning

No. 20Mike Schmidt

No. 32Steve Carlton

No. 36Robin Roberts

No. 42  – Jackie Robinson

Grover Cleveland Alexander (Honored)

Chuck Klein (Honored)

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