By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 5, 2014
Baseball is built on tradition. The sports is America's Pastime, and the history is a part of the game like no other major sport. While other sports value the newest arena's as the best, baseball clings to the oldest ballparks as symbol's of the game. Tradition is a big part of the games at these stadiums, so here's a look at the top 15 stadium traditions in the game today.
The St. Louis Cardinals have an Opening Day tradition of having the Budweiser Cardinals participate in their pregame ceremonies. The clydesdales have become a symbol for the return of Cardinals baseball returning to Busch Stadium for another season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West at the Arizona Diamondbacks and proceeded to celebrate by swimming in the Diamondbacks' outfield pool. That's right, a pool. The Diamondbacks have a pool and hot tub behind their outfield wall, which creates a tradition that other teams' fanbases can't claim.
Coors Field is known as a hitter's ballpark, and the Rockies have a tradition to limit that association. The Rockies have a room-sized humidor where they store their baseballs in an attempt to limit the high number of home runs. The plan has worked, as the home runs have brought the home run totals down near the league average, creating a unique tradition.
Home Run traditions are one of the common celebrations in the MLB, and the Astros have one of the most unique. Every time an Astros player hits a home run, a train runs along the top of the left field wall, paying tribute to the former Union Station, a site that the largest entrance to Minute Maid Park currently sits on.
The Philadelphia Phillies pay tribute to one of the city's historic landmarks with every home run, as a giant Liberty Bell lights up every time a Phillies player hits a homer.
The New York Mets take the Big Apple reference to the next level with every home run. Every time a Mets player hits a home run, a giant apple rises up in center field, creating a tradition known as the home run apple.
Bernie the Brewer has his own dugout up above left field, but every time the Brewers go yard, he takes the slide down. The tradition is known as the Home Run Slide and is a fixture of Brewers' home games.
The Rally Monkey has become the unofficial mascot of the Los Angeles Angels. The monkey came into existence in 2000, when a scene from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was played on the video board with the name Rally Monkey superimposed, and the term has stuck ever since.
Built on the water, the San Francisco Giants have a cove over the right field wall named McCovey Cove, after former first baseman Will McCovey. It has been a tradition for people to congregate in the cove in kayaks for games to catch home run balls.
The Nationals hold the promotional event of running a presidents mascot race at every home game, featuring the four presidents from Mount Rushmore and William Taft. The race received a lot of popularity due to the fact that Teddy Roosevelt never won, but he broke the streak in celebration of the Nationals making the playoffs.
The seventh-inning stretch is usually reserved for the rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but the Toronto Blue Jays do it a bit different, as they play their own song, OK Blue Jays.
The New York Yankees have a fan group known as the Bleacher Creatures, and they take roll call at the beginning of every game, chanting the name of every field player at the beginning of each game at Yankee Stadium.
The Baltimore Orioles have a long standing tradition of singing "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh-inning stretch, something that has been engrained into the culture of the Orioles, as they have been doing it since the 1970's.
The song Sweet Caroline has become a symbol for not only the Boston Red Sox, but the city of Boston in general. In the middle of the eighth inning of eve home game, the Red Sox fans sing Neil Diamond's hit song. It has become so popular that Diamond himself has come out to the stadium to lead the fans in the singing twice.
Nothing means tradition like the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is the traditional song for the seventh inning stretch, and the Cubs have taken the song to the next level and made it their own unique tradition. Announcer Harry Caray would sing the song into the microphone during every game, creating a tradition like no other. Since his death, the Cubs have brought in a number of celebrities to sing the traditional song.
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