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Garth Brooks, Journey are among 16 artists in the Royals’ sixth-inning song contest

Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks. The Associated Press

The Royals still have some roster decisions to make, but fans have a choice coming their way, too.

Starting with the home opener on April 6, the Royals are again letting fans decide the sixth inning “anthem” song the team will play all season. In other words, fans will decide whether or not Andy McCullough’s ears bleed this summer.

The last two songs to be played during the sixth inning in the regular season are in contention: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”

A total of 16 songs are under consideration (no Hotelier songs, though), and two will be played in a single game. Fans at Kauffman Stadium will be able to text to vote for one of songs

Here are the matchups:

Monday, April 6: Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey vs. “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway

Wednesday, April 8:I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas vs. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick

Thursday, April 9: Small Town” by John Mellencamp vs. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Friday, April 17: Summer Of ’69” by Bryan Adams vs. Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

Saturday, April 18: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty vs. “Get Down Tonight” by KC & The Sunshine Band

Sunday, April 19: Old Time Rock & Roll” by Bob Seger vs. “I Want to Rock and Roll All Night by KISS

Monday, April 20: Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash vs. “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen

Tuesday, April 21: Twist and Shout” by The Beatles vs. “Centerfield” by John Fogerty

The Royals will show how the competition is unfolding at

Vote wisely. You never know who might be listening.

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