Before the final game in my opposite-of-decorated high school hockey career, I was having a debate with my friend Dave — the guy who chose the music to play on the PA at our home games — about which would be the funniest possible song to blast as our team hit the ice. After several rejected selections (“What A Fool Believes”, “Tears In Heaven”), we decided that “It’s Raining Men” would be ideal, but Dave couldn’t acquire the CD in time for the game and we had to settle for the almost-as-funny “Ladies Night,” which he indeed blared over the loudspeakers during our warmups to my delight and everyone else’s confusion.
Flash forward to last night, when the Arizona Diamondbacks played a prank on infielder Kelly Johnson. When Johnson came to bat, his teammates got the PA sound guy to play — you guessed it (by reading the large words at the top of the post) — “It’s Raining Men,” confirming all these years later that it is, in fact, the ultimate sports stadium introduction song. I’m so glad the D’Backs and 18-year-old me are on the same page: