To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing and publication of the 7th inning stretch song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," ESPN held a "battle of the bands," showcasing nine bands from various genres of music performing the song. The segment began with ESPN's baseball guru Peter Gammons (who released his own album of rock songs, Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old, in 2006) doing his own, Bo Diddley-inspired version.
The nine videos were put to a vote online, and the finalists were narrowed to three. ESPN announced that the winner was country singer Gretchen Wilson's rendition.
In a phone interview on Baseball Tonight, Wilson said she was thrilled to win. When asked about the concept, Wilson explained that she used Little League players in the Nashville area for the video. She also admitted to being a big St. Louis Cardinals fan, having grown up near St. Louis in Illinois.
The videos, including Gretchen Wilson's winning version