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Here are the matchups for the Royals’ sixth-inning song contest

Royals fans will be voting for their favorite sixth-inning song again this season at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals fans will be voting for their favorite sixth-inning song again this season at Kauffman Stadium. tljungblad@kcstar.com

There was a certain writer who is no longer with The Kansas City Star who disliked the song “Centerfield” by John Fogerty.

I won’t name this person, but he was displeased that the song was played in the sixth inning of every Royals game. “Centerfield” was the winning selection in a contest to determine which song to play in that inning.

That contest is back this season, and “Centerfield” is pitted against “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. For the record, “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks is not a choice this year. The contest will continue until June 16 when a winner will be determined.

Here is how things work: Fans at home Royal games will get instructions on how to text in the best song of the two (it will be on the Crown Vision board).

Here is the entire list of first-round pairings (you can follow the results here):

Friday: “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money vs. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers

Saturday: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen vs. “Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder

Sunday: “We Are Young” by Fun. vs. “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon

April 19: “Gimmie Some Lovin” by Sam & Dave vs. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

April 20: “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show vs. “Your Love” by The Outfield

April 21: “Down Under” by Men At Work vs. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John

April 22: “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors vs. “Kick The Dust Up” by Luke Bryant

April 23: “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band vs. “Daydream Believer” by The Monkeys

April 24: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts vs. “Dancing Queen” vs. Abba

May 2: “Kansas City” by The Basement Tapes vs. “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner

May 3: “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi vs. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

May 4: “Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash vs. “The Final Countdown” by Europe

May 13: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell vs. “Dancing In The Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

May 14: “American Pie” by Don MacLean vs. “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean

Here are the songs that have already been played in the first two games of the season

Sunday: “Centerfield” by John Fogerty vs. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

Tuesday: “What Is Love” by Haddaway vs. “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies

I could not find all the songs on Spotify, but this is many of them in one place in a playlist:

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Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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