Perry Hates Dodgers Eighth Inning Tradition

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A 1987 photo of Journey with Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon (l-r). AP file photo

Guest post by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist

Earlier this season, I wrote a post that chronicled the absolutely awful decision to feature Journey’s karaoke jam “Don’t Stop Believin’” during the 8th inning of Dodger games. Feel free to read back for the laundry list of reasons why this song and the Dodgers go together worse than an handful of glass and a slap in the face.

Don’t put away your ballpoint pen quite yet. We’re adding another item to that list.

As reported by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Perry hates the Dodgers. Steve Perry, of course, is the former lead singer of Journey and a diehard Giants fan since 2002. Like most Giant fans, he must have been embarrassed to admit being a fan for more that seven years.

Being a diehard fan, Perry wears his Halloween-colored SF hat to Dodger Stadium whenever his beloved Giants come to the Southland. He is so upset that the Dodgers have chosen his tune as a battle cry that he leaves the game before the 8th inning so as to never hear it played in this new context. Schulman quoted Perry as saying "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."

There you have it. The Dodgers have chosen a rally song written by a San Francisco Giants fan. Fantastic. This is up there with Nike printing USC clothing in UCLA colors, which in fact, did happen.

So please Powers-That-Be. Let’s stop using this song. This is the kind of thing that will haunt you in the postseason. This could be the goat at Wrigley or the Bambino being shipped to New York. This is the David Ortiz jersey buried in the concrete of Coors Field East (New Yankee Stadium).

Let’s lose the song and keep the Giants out of Chavez Ravine and where they belong: 3rd place in the NL West.