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Let the Giants have it: Royals dump ‘Don’t Stop Believin’

Steve Perry, former lead singer for the band Journey, sings with crowd during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco.
Steve Perry, former lead singer for the band Journey, sings with crowd during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco. AP

If you were at Games 1 and 2 at Kauffman Stadium and wondered what happened to that sixth-inning song you’ve been singing all season, here’s what: The Royals bagged it.

And Stargazing has a feeling that you’ll never hear “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey ever again at the K.

Earlier this season Royals fans voted to replace Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” with the Journey anthem for the traditional sixth-inning singalong.

And then lo, the Royals made it into the World Series against the Giants of all people and things got a little, uh, awkward.

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry is a huge Giants fan who several times has led similar singalongs of that song in the Giants’ stadium.

So we weren’t really surprised that we didn’t hear the song at the K this week.

The team dumped the song “only because we’re playing the Giants. They play the song in their ballpark and Steve Perry appears sometimes,” says the Royals’ Toby Cook.

If the Royals had played any other team, says Cook, they would have kept the song.

The song was replaced for the World Series with “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss.

Cook reminds us that the result of the fan vote was good for one season only. So Royals officials will decide later whether to keep “Don’t Stop Believin’” for next year or hold another fan vote.

Anyone for more Garth Brooks?

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