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Seventh-inning stretch

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WS2016 Gm3: Murray sings during 7th-inning stretch

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The story behind the seventh-inning stretch song

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WS2016 Gm5: Vedder sings during 7th-inning stretch

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Eddie Vedder sings 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' at Cubs' World Series

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Cookie Monster Sings the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field 6/27/19

In baseball in the United States and Canada, the seventh-inning stretch is a tradition that takes place between the halves of the seventh inning of a game – in the middle of the seventh inning. Fans generally stand up and stretch out their arms and legs and sometimes walk around. It is a popular time to get a late-game snack or an alcoholic beverage as well, as vendors end alcohol sales after the last out of the seventh inning. The stretch also serves as a short break for the players. Most ballparks in professional baseball mark this point of the game by playing the crowd sing-along song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Since the September 11 attacks, many American ballparks complement or replace the song with the playing of "God Bless America." If a game goes into a fifth extra inning, a similar "fourteenth-inning stretch" is celebrated. In softball games, amateur games scheduled for only seven innings, or in minor-league doubleheaders, a "fifth-inning stretch" may be substituted.
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    • Origin 

    • Current practice 

    • Team traditions 

    • Effects of 9/11 

    • Other team traditions not in the 7th or 8th innings