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Lil Wayne Got Hype For Opening Day With New Baseball Anthem 'Ball Game'

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Lil Wayne at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on Aug. 9, 2019.

Lil Wayne helped take fans out to the ball game on Thursday (April 1) when he premiered his new Major League Baseball hype anthem "Ball Game." The song premiered in a promo spot for the first day of the 2021-22 season.

The minute-long video opens with a montage of classic first-day images -- fans walking into an empty stadium, umpires dusting off home plate, batters adjusting their grip and outfielders scooping up balls -- over a creaky soundtrack of the summertime standard "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." After a pandemic year in which teams played a foreshortened 2020 season, things were somewhat back to normal on Thursday, with less-than-capacity, socially distanced crowds in stadiums across the country.

"Baseball is back," says a commentator in the MLB video. "It is a pleasure to be back with you." As images of players getting hyped to take the filed unspool, a ticking beat swells up and Weezy puts his own spin on the hot weather oldie. "Take me out to the game, yeah/ Take me out to the ballpark," he raps over images of ballers crushing homers.

"This a home run, I hit it far-far/ Knock it out the park, hit a parked car/ Root, root for the home team/ It's a cool game with a warm heart/ And some high heat in the sweet spot/ It's a grand slam, it's a walk off," he continues on the track that crams in just about every hardball buzzword possible in less than 30 seconds.

Check out Wayne's "Ball Game" below.

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