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Start believin’: Royals haven’t lost since adopting Journey song as in-game tune


The Kansas City Royals have been using “Friends in Low Places” as the team’s in-game pep-up song during sixth innings at Kauffman Stadium since 2008. Since things haven’t been going really well since the country music classic started being used — and for much longer before that, it must be noted — the team decided earlier this season to kick Garth and his cheesy singalong tune to the curb and invited fans to vote for a new song to take its place.

The vote was held over the initial months of the season, with 32 songs battling it out for sixth inning supremacy.

Called the “Play if Forward” contest, fans could vote online via social media. After weeks and weeks of voting and songs such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing Queen,” “Get Down Tonight” and “Old Time Rock & Roll” being deemed not up to snuff, the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin'” edged out Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in a head-to-head showdown of classic rock via social media vote, results of which were announced on June 7.

Somehow Lorde’s “Royals” was not among the songs put up to vote. Weird.

The Big Lead took a look-see at the team’s record since the switch was made and learned that the Royals have not lost a game since Journey ascended to in-game pump-up tuneage, winning 10 in a row, including three straight games against the Detroit Tigers (with one game remaining in the four-game series on Thursday) to assume first place in the AL Central.

Granted, not all the games during the streak have been played at home, but somehow, the magic of Journey seems to be having a positive effect on the team, even when playing on the road.

So, there you have it. The lesson to be learned here? That Garth Brooks ruins everything, of course. Duh. Just ask Trisha Yearwood.

Actually, I don’t know what that means. Trisha seems to be doing just fine. And her cooking show on Food Network appears to be doing well, to boot.

Maybe Garth Brooks only ruins baseball-related stuff. And 1990s radio.