That’s right, Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey, has something important to share with all Dodger fans:
Steve Perry, the former lead singer for Journey, will be at Dodger Stadium wearing his Giants cap as usual when the team plays there this weekend and he will leave before the eighth inning, as usual, but not to beat the traffic.
Late last season, the Dodgers started playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” before the bottom of the eighth inning every night as a rally song, and Perry leaves before they do.
“I have to,” he said. “I don’t want to hear it.”
This isn’t the part that bothers me; “not wanting to listen to Journey songs” hardly puts Perry in the minority.
Why? Because Perry is a diehard Giants fan who cannot stand the fact that the Dodgers “hijacked it first” and use it to win games.
So that’s how the Dodgers have been winning games! It’s their choice of song, not the best pitching staff in baseball or a productive offense. If only other teams had been wise enough not to go with Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” or Winger’s “Seventeen”!
Pay attention to the “Perry is a diehard Giants fan” part, though – that’s what is about to be fun.
Perry has friends on the Dodgers. He admitted it was “amazing” the first time he heard the entire stadium singing along with his voice and finds it appropriate the song is used by sports teams. Still, he said, “It tweaks me to know they’re using the song as a rally song. I really wish we’d have hijacked it first. I think the song is about hope and power, and it’s working for them, damn it.”
I would love to know who on the Dodgers is friends with Steve Perry. Can you really see Matt Kemp or Clayton Kershaw or Guillermo Mota being down with the Journey? Let’s see… grew up in the late 70s/early 80s… most likely white… Brad Ausmus. Absolutely has to be, with a 10% chance of “Casey Blake”.
Perry became a Giants fan in 2002 and became friends with many Chicago White Sox players, including Aaron Rowand, when they played “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” in their clubhouse every night on the way to winning a World Series.
And there it is. Nice to see that a “diehard fan” didn’t actually start being a fan until he was 53 and the team was in the World Series. Front runner!
Besides, everyone knows that the best Journey-related sports song was “Any Way You Want It” in Caddyshack: