October 28, 2005
Steve Perry, who co-wrote the song the White Sox took as their theme, “Don’t Stop Believin,” was also on hand and led the team in a rendition of the song.
“They’ve always believed,” Perry said of the team. — NBC 5
Steve Perry was in an unbelievable spot. The man who wrote what has become the White Sox’ unofficial theme song — Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin”’– stopped by The Cell for Games 1 and 2 of the Series, thanks to an invitation from the team. After some sleuthing, Sox vice president of communications Scott Reifert was able to locate Perry, a San Francisco Giants fan.
“That song is 25 years old, I think, since it was written,” Perry said shortly before Game 2. “It came out, I think, 24 years ago. I guess it became a theme song with A.J. [Pierzynski] and [Aaron] Rowand and [Joe] Crede. A.J., after the winning the division, then going into the World Series, I guess he grabbed Scott [and said], ‘You gotta get this guy here.’ ” And here he was in a suite looking down at the field. “I never really loved baseball until four seasons ago,” the former Journey frontman said.
As for the Sox selecting his tune? “That put me in an emotional place; I didn’t know what to say,” he said, adding the tune first was used by the San Francisco 49ers in the early 1980s. “To see it come back after all these years, what bigger honor can I want?” he said.
Did he ever dream of finding a place in baseball lore? “No,” he said. “You could hope maybe things would happen like this, but you can hope, and it never happens.”
And “Don’t Stop Believin”’ is nothing if not about hope. — Chicago Sun-Times
Steve Perry, Journey’s former lead singer, made a surprise visit to the White Sox clubhouse Saturday afternoon. Journey’s anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin,” has transformed from an inside joke in the White Sox clubhouse to a tune that has defined the team’s success. It all began with A.J. Pierzynski, Rowand and Crede being at a bar featuring a lounge singer on the road in Baltimore, and Crede calling for some Journey songs. “It was fun to see him,” Crede said. “For the White Sox to have him come in, I thought it was neat. I think he enjoyed being part of this atmosphere.” — MLB
On one side of the visiting clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, Steve Perry, the former rock-n-roll singer, sang his lyrics alongside White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and center fielder Aaron Rowand. In the middle, Steve Perry, an Astros equipment manager, handed out bottles of bubbly. Following Wednesday’s 1-0 victory in Game 4, the Chicago White Sox celebrated their first World Series championship title in the bowels of Minute Maid Park with smiles, tears, hugs and a lot of song.
It was a family reunion and everyone was invited as long as they knew the words to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The party started with the final out in the ninth inning and a little boy running the bases not long after. In the center of the locker room, the White Sox cheered. They jumped. They danced and they sang all of Perry’s words they could remember. — MLB
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