Gretchen Wilson's "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is voted ESPN best
Monday, July 14, 2008
– Fans voted Gretchen Wilson's version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" the winner on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. The show commemorated the 100th anniversary of the famous seventh inning stretch song with a "battle of the bands" competition. Nine artists recorded their versions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which were televised on the show over a two-week stretch. Fans then voted on ESPN.com and the winner was announced on last night's Baseball Tonight.
Other finalists were the Punch Brothers, led by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek fame, and Ozomatli. Also participating were The Game, REO Speedwagon, Candlebox, The Cab, Branford Marsalis, Lloyd, John Pizzarelli and baseball journalist Peter Gammons, who released an album on Rounder two years ago.
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