Steve Perry, Will be at Dodger Stadium Wearing His Giants Cap

Perry’s 8th-inning Journey

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

As a co-writer of the song, Perry gets a royalty every time the Dodgers play it, but said, “It’s not enough to get me a latte at Starbucks.”

Unit pitches: Randy Johnson threw about 50 pitches of live batting practice Monday and sounds ready to be activated. Again, manager Bruce Bochy was more cautious, saying Johnson will not pitch in the Colorado series. Johnson looked sharper in his second inning than his first.

Asked if he felt he needed another practice session, Johnson said, “No, I don’t think I’m going to go from this stuff to being 25 again and knocking the catcher over.”

via Perry’s 8th-inning Journey.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: