Major League Baseball's 2011 regular season ended in stirring fashion on Wednesday (Sept. 28), and with the playoffs kicking off on Friday (Sept. 30), there's plenty of drama still to come. Before Sabathia faces off against Verlander, the Rangers begin their trek back to the World Series and the Phillies' rotation of aces is unleashed upon the postseason, check out these 10 songs that nod to America's Pastime and add to its lore. Whether it's Kanye West racking up the hits, Bob Dylan penning a tribute to a big league hero or William Hung coming on in comic relief, these tracks will get even Red Sox and Braves fans pumped for October.
John Fogerty, "Centerfield" (1985)
Creedence Clearwater Revival rocker John Fogerty took in a 1984 game from the centerfield bleachers in San Francisco's Candlestick Park and wrote this slice of Americana. Decades later, it's become a ballpark staple, from its opening handclaps to its infectious chorus.
Choice Lyric: "Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today/We're born again, there's new grass on the field"