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Please Stop Believin'

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A 1987 photo of Journey with Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon (l-r). AP file photo
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Written by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist

For as long as I remember, the Dodgers always did one thing very right. When the Dodgers win a game, Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” blared through the stadium speakers with the lyrics on the scoreboard accompanied by palm trees. The song is a little silly, but it’s our tune. It’s by a guy who does movie music. He calls out street names in it. They play it when the L.A. Marathon starts (I know, I ran in it). Even the Lakers play it when they win.

Like I said, it’s our song.

Since the stretch run of last season, the Dodgers have gotten in a habit of playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the eighth inning of home games. They aren’t just playing it. These days, they are featuring it. They are making it a battle cry. I know this because they put the lyrics on the scoreboard, encouraging us to sing along. For those of you not familiar with this song, for those of you who ignored the series finale of The Sopranos, this is a song about “a city boy born and raised in South Detroit”. It’s a song about “a smoky room” and “a smell of wine and cheap perfume”. It’s a karaoke song, and a good one at that.

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Don’t get me wrong. I am not against playing this song at a ballgame, or anywhere for that matter. It is one of those songs that has drunk people singing at the top of their lungs no matter what bar it is played at. But why have we chosen this song as our new battle cry?