World Series Soundtrack 111

Songs that are played at the boiling point and winning moments

The 111th World Series, Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets, begins tonight in the former city for a two-night stint before heading to Queens on Friday. While the Royals made it to their first World Series in nearly three decades last year, neither they nor the Mets have won since the mid-Eighties. Time to cue up Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.”

Since musicians’ obsession with baseball comes well-documented, let’s get right down to it.

The Mets’ Mr. October remains Daniel Murphy, who made Major League Baseball history this postseason by hitting a home run in six consecutive games. He’s what we love about baseball. You never know what rookies will become veterans overnight.

Only one college offered Murphy a baseball scholarship. He signed with the Mets in 2006 and after multiple seasons plagued with injuries in Triple-A ball, this year he rallied the team out of a slump. Royals owner David Glass likens Murphy, 30, to a “reincarnated Babe Ruth.”

Are the Royals ready for the Mets?

We also love baseball for its nail-biters.

In Game 6 of the American League Championship against the Toronto Blue Jays, Royals closer Wade Davis came out to the pitcher’s mound during the eighth inning with the opposing team threatening to take the lead, win the game, and send the series to a seventh and decisive match-up. With the Blue Jays having already scored twice to tie the game, Davis got the final two outs of inning.

Then the rains came.

More than an hour later, Davis re-took the mound in the ninth inning of a pulsating, edge-of-your-seat game. Allowing a lead-off single and a walk, then two stolen bases, the pitcher looked in enough trouble to yank. He struck out the next two batters. A grounder and close play at first base found him in the arms of catcher Salvador Perez knowing his team was headed to the World Series.

That’s why the Royals are so hard to beat. They never give up. Are the Mets ready for the Royals?

In honor of the best-of-seven series, I put together a Spotify playlist. These are songs you’d hear at the stadiums. Songs to get a crowd roaring, songs to prep the teams, songs that are played at the boiling point and winning moments.

The Kansas City Royals play the Beatles’ version of “Kansas City” when they win, and the Wilbert Harrison version when they lose. I included Yo La Tengo's "Meet the Mets" on our playlist, since the Beatles are not yet on Spotify.

Play ball!

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