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Royals Review's "Play It, Sam" sixth inning song contest

Wherein we try and see if we can come up with a better idea.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals are running their second annual Play It Forward sixth inning song contest, allowing fans to vote on favorites in a bracket-style contest that pits legitimate classics against grill-and-bar favorites in order to come up with a song that will be played during the sixth inning of every home game this season.

There's only sixteen songs to choose from, and it runs the gamut of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin''" to Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher", but generally speaking, if you exclude the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (a song that is six years old itself), the most recent release would be I suppose Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places", who everyone despised enough that the Royals came up with this silly contest to begin with. The conclusion can be made about its inclusion in the bracket of sixteen possibilities is either they are trying to prove that people did in fact like the song in the first place, or it remains a subtle jab at the outspoken critics who shouted it down over the years.

All of that to say, we're going to have our own little contest. The Royals Review "Play It Sam" Sixth Inning Song Contest will pit not eight, not sixteen, but thirty-two songs against one another in a bracket-style competition*.

The good news for you? You are the ones submitting the songs. The community has spoken, and will speak again. This time, through the pretense of song.

There are a couple of rules that have to be followed, though. So please abide if you want your song to be considered for the contest:

1) All official song submissions must be sent to

2) The email must be labeled as RR Song Submission

3) The song can not be one of the sixteen from the official Royals contest

4) We will only accept one submission per band/artist, with general leeway (i.e. Jack White/Raconteurs, Paul McCartney/The Beatles/Wings might be fine, but Genesis/Phil Collins would be limited to one)

5) Only one submission per reader please

6) The song must be generally playable in a public setting (This is a fancy way of saying that submissions such as this and this will not be accepted [Also, clearly those links are NSFW])

But that's it. Everything else is fair game. Want to put Napalm Death's "You Suffer" against Gustav Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War?"  It could happen. It's up to you. Let's make our own tradition.

*Depending on the number of submissions, this bracket may expand accordingly