The Detroit Tigers will face off tonight against the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Will those Bay Area brawlers take down our Motor City maulers? It's not just a baseball game -- it's a culture war between yoga-bending, chowder-slurping West Coast softball fans and the down home, beer-drinking, kielbasa-noshing spirit of a true Tigs lover.
The outcome of Game 1 isn't assured. But we've already beat San Fran where it counts --in the battle for geographical music superiority. San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury may have once been synonymous with the hippie, free love movement of the 1960s. But in terms of songwriting ability and long-lasting historical relevance, we'd argue that Motown's racial and political significance outlasts that of San Fran. Plus, let's get real, nobody wants to dance to Starship.
They've got 4 Non Blondes. We've got a couple of non-blondes called The Supremes. They claim Linda Ronstadt. We get Aretha Franklin singing the National Anthem at Comerica Park's Game 5. E-40 was good, but Eminem is better. The Steve Miller Band still wakes up every morning wishing they could write songs like Bob Seger. The ode to their city is "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" -- we've got this little ditty called "Detroit Rock City." Point, Detroit. And yeah, Journey formed in the Bay Area, but their best song is set in the Motor City (even if "South Detroit" is entirely made up), so we kind of get them too. Really, San Fran, when you have to trot out Huey Lewis & The News, it's not even a question where the heart of rock & roll still beats.
So plug in your headphones and get ready to cheer on the Tigs to a gritty Motor City victory with our Eat 'Em Up Tigers playlist on Spotify. We picked 24 hard-hitting tracks by Detroit artists we love.. and a few anthems from out-of-towners that scream Motown pride. Are we missing one of your favorite jams? Leave us your song in the comments, and let's build a soundtrack to the Tigers' taking the World Series for the first time since 1984!
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. -- Our pals over at HuffPost SF have made a stab at trying to prove the Bay Area's musical superiority. If you must, listen to the music San Francisco has to offer -- we trust you'll be back.
Who's Your Tiger?
They win ballgames (sometimes), they hit homers, they steal bases and they hug a lot. Say hello to your Detroit Tigers. We've collected some of our favorite photos from this season of the boys in blue and orange. Click through to pick your favorite player. Caption: Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, center, and Delmon Young, right, celebrate the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 in Minneapolis. Both Young and Cabrera homered in the game. At left is Prince Fielder.
Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers talks to members of the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 31, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Easy Does It
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander tosses the ball to get Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz out at first after a grounder back to the mound during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Brennan Boesch #26 of the Detroit Tigers runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the 7th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 13, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
Detroit Tigers' Ryan Raburn walks off the field after striking out in the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Detroit Tigers' Austin Jackson, right, high-fives manager Jim Leyland after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Men Of Fashion
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, left, first baseman Prince Fielder, center, and third baseman Miguel Cabrera, right, react after being presented with their All-Star jerseys before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Friday, July 6, 2012.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister warms up against the Washington Nationals before the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Viera, Fla., Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland blows a bubble before the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Detroit, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander acknowledges the crowd after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 in an interleague baseball game, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Detroit. Verlander threw a one-hitter.
Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer delivers a pitch in the first inning during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Tuesday, May, 15, 2012.
Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning on August 13, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus is forced out on second by Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante, who misses the double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Toronto.
Caught In The Moment
Detroit Tigers' Quintin Berry celebrates hitting an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Detroit won 2-1.
Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta celebrates a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during second inning of a baseball game in Toronto Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit leaves the dugout en route to the bullpen after finishing his pitching duties in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Monday, March 5, 2012, in Lakeland, Fla.
Detroit Tigers right fielder Quintin Berry (52) celebrates a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with second baseman Ryan Raburn (25) after an interleague baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, June 24, 2012.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, April 26, 2012.
Delmon Young #21 of the Detroit Tigers races around third base to score against the Kansas City Royals during a MLB game at Comerica Park on September 26, 2012 in Detroit.
Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers waits to bat against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Detroit Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago, top, and Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez watch after Santiago completed the double play on a Michael Cuddyer ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, right, is examined by trainer Kevin Rand after getting hit in the face mask with a ball in the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Detroit.
Let The Right One In
Infielder Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers takes a strike against the Tampa Bay Rays July 1, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Tigers won 5 - 3.
Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 at Comerica Park on April 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
Don Kelly #32 of the Detroit Tigers scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning during an MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 5-4.
Quintin Berry #52 of the Detroit Tigers doubles to deep left center field in the third inning during the game against the New York Yakees at Comerica Park on June 1, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) tags Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar out at home plate in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, July 16, 2012.
Detroit Tigers second baseman Danny Worth (29) nearly collides with right fielder Matt Young (38) as Worth catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 8, 2012, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 6-5 in 10 innings.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after a balk call which allowed New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez to score from third during the eighth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League division series on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Detroit. The Yankees won 10-1.
Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks dives into third base with a triple against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Detroit.