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Song Parodies -> "Go Tigers, All the Way"

Original Song Title:

"Ghost Riders In the Sky"

Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"Go Tigers, All the Way"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

In 2003, when I was doing my all-30-baseball-teams project, the Detroit Tigers were on their way to losing 119 games, an American League record. College-age pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Mike Maroth lost 40 games between them, and I wrote "A Teenage Pitching Ace." My, how times have changed. That reliever who throws 101 MPH (103, if you believe Fox Sports) pronounces his name "Zoo-MY-ah," but, to fit the song, here it's "Zoo-MY-yay."
An old ball coach went walking
into dugout one fine day.
Upon the Detroit River he
saw a team that lost its way.
But all at once a mighty herd
of Tigers with sharp claws
a-plowing through the majors like
they're looking for meat raw.

Jim Leyland's team on fire 'cause
they have believed his spiel.
Ivan Rodriguez throwing out
all runners who would steal.
A bolt from bats of Brandon Inge
and Magglio Ordonez
and with great pitching it looks like
Detroit's on top, I says.

Joel Zu-may-a...
Go Tigers, all the way!

Their faces tense, their eyes they burn
their shirts all soaked with sweat.
Their fans find themselves with shaking heads.
They can't believe it yet.
A shot by Carlos Guillen and
a bloop from Craig Monroe.
And here's a Pennant-winning drive
from good old Magglio.

Joel Zu-may-a...
Go Tigers, all the way!

So if you play big-league baseball
you'll find these games so strange.
Old Rogers and young Bonderman
are finding strike zone's range.
Zumaya's heater blazes in.
Take Todd Jones' changeup ride.
And you'll see at Comerica Park
fireworks in the skies.

Joel Zu-may-a...
Go Tigers, all the way!
Go Tigers, all the way!
Go Tigers, all the way!
I'm still mad they beat my Yankees, though, but what can I say? This time, they were the better team.

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.2
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 6

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TJC - October 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Mr. October comes through with yet another fine sports parody...excellently written, though I must admit, I don't know all the referrences/players
alvin rhodes - October 16, 2006 - Report this comment
gonna root for them myself.....three years ago these guys lost 119 !
Jason - October 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Im sorry to see you got 1ed Michael. Im dead-cert that it was Linda who handed out the 1s, as she moaned at me for being on your side, and obviously she doesn't like you anyway. Great parody all the same though. 555
Stuart McArthur - October 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Go Tigers!! (the Richmond Tigers, that is - Melbourne's glorious black and yellow Aussie Rules team that's only played in 2 finals series since 1982 - sob) - didn't get it, MP, but 555 on trust
Michael Pacholek - October 17, 2006 - Report this comment
TJC: Thank you, but remember: Reggie Jackson (my all-time sports hero) has the name "Mister October" copywrited. I don't think he'll sue you for what amounts to probably a nickel's worth of royalties, but be advised. Alvin: It does indeed boggle the mind, but the way Jim Leyland is minding the boggle, I don't see either the Mets or the Cards (whichever wins, it's tied 2-2 at the moment) beating them in the World Series. Jason: You could be right. After all, without all those black voters in Detroit, Michigan goes from a solid blue State to a very, very red State. Stuart: Turns out there's an AR team called the East Brunswick Football Club, outside Melbourne, not to be confused with my home town. Let's go, E.B.! Even if I don't understand their rules.
Stuart McArthur - October 17, 2006 - Report this comment
MP, if I picked up a stone in my backyard, and threw it northwards, and then picked it up and threw it again, it would land in East Brunswick - that's how close I am to that suburb - in fact one of my mates (who lives there) plays for the East Brunswick seniors (over 40s) Aussie Rules team :-)
Becky Donoghue-Rick - January 30, 2007 - Report this comment
About the Zoom-Zoom-Zumaya fastball, there was one that, according to MLB Enhanced Gameday, was recorded at 104.8 mph. So you might want to update that intro ;).
Jay Jianoran - September 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Michael Pacholek can you do a Miss USA 1987 Ghost Riders in the Sky version of Go Tigers, All The Way?

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