This is the most frequently asked question posed to beat writer Alden Gonzalez:
So it's pretty much time to get rid of "Build Me Up Buttercup," right? I mean, Angels fans have higher expectations than to ultimately be let down. Right? -- Jason D., Tustin, Calif.
Turns out the most popular Inbox email had nothing to do with Hamilton, Pujols, Trout or the starting rotation. It was regarding "Build Me Up Buttercup," the classic Foundations song with pessimistic lyrics -- "Why do you build me up [build me up], Buttercup baby, just to let me down" -- that the Angels play during the seventh-inning stretch. Angels communications manager Eric Kay told me that as of now there are "no plans for a change." But upper management and the entertainment department usually make that call closer to the season. I'll keep you posted; I know you're all very concerned.
(My vote is Yes. I like the song.)
I hate the song and wish they didn't use it. It makes no sense at all at baseball games.
After they do "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," I sit down. I refuse to stand for "Buttercup."
Just being honest.
The Red Sox play "Sweet Caroline" for their 7th inning tune.
I like the song but don't remember hearing anyone else saying he or she did. It must be a personal favorite of one of the higher ups. They ought to change it to something that's more popular. The college I attended plays "Centerfield" and it has become a tradition with everybody singing and clapping hands. It's a highlight event at every game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOwPr6kGHRE
Maybe you'll like this song better:
Listening to that Russian national anthem, I kept waiting for the Korbel champagne cork to pop.
How about playing this?
Personally, I don't like it when ANY team plays anything other than "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". My least favorite thing about actually going to the game is "Buttercup"... largely due to the fact that it IS catchy and sticks in my head. (Although I've been to enough East Coast games to know that I hate "Sweet Caroline" even more... albeit for the same reason.)
I don't think I'd mind as much if the song choice didn't seem so completely and totally arbitrary. Pick ANYTHING that even MENTIONS Angels or that has SOMETHING to do with Southern California.
Pretty much any Beach Boys song ever would work just fine. (My personal preference would be "California Girls", although mostly because of what I suspect the cameramen would do while that was playing.)
There is a Beach Boys song titled "Our Team" (original recording date unkown and listed as previously unreleased), which appears as cut 20 on disc four of the Good Vibrations boxed set which was released in 1993. It's a bit cheesy and sounds like it may have been written more pertaining to basketball, but is kind of catchy in a commercial way, and might actually work as a Buttercup replacement????
A link to it is not available on YouTube, nor am I able to post one. Any of you Angels/Beach Boys fans able to do so, or are familiar with this song?
What makes "Sweet Caroline" any more significant to baseball than "Build me up, Buttercup?" Seriously, I wonder how many people pay that much attention to the song - unless they are just having a good time at the ball park. And no one told the previous poster that she had to stand during the song. . . .
However, they should be playing something from the Beach Boys or a SoCal band that has good music, though, personally, I enjoyed it when they played "Til I Saw Her Standing There."