In honor of making the payoffs in 2013, the Atlanta Braves released a new team spirit song, which is titled “Baselines,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit “Blurred Lines.” As of Sept. 27, the family-friendly YouTube video and viral sensation has been viewed 415,356 times and the number is climbing steadily.
“Blurred Lines,” the title track off Robin Thicke’s 2013 album of the same name, was a worldwide hit this summer and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also the longest running No. 1 hit of the year. However “Blurred Lines” also received its fair share of criticism. The music video released in two versions. One featured topless models, while the second did not. The topless version of the video was removed from YouTube for violating the site's terms of service regarding nudity, though it was later restored, but flagged as inappropriate. Parents across America felt uncomfortable with the song’s message and the video’s sexually explicit images.
However, the Atlanta Braves’ version of “Blurred Lines” is not at all controversial and it’s totally family-friendly. On Sept. 27, several Atlanta parents weighed in on the new team song. “I can’t get it out of my head,” Susanne Richardson, a mother of three from Suwanee stated. “My kids love it and have probably watched it a hundred times,” Karen McIntire, mom of 8- and 11-year old sons added. “We’re big Braves fans and love this video. Go Braves!” Susan Spencer stated that her whole family likes the Braves’ new spirit song. “It’s fun, cool and catchy.”
According to the “Atlanta Journal-Constitution,” the “Blurred Lines” parody was written and performed by Aaron Chewning, who debuted the spirit song at Turner Field this week. The 24-year-old plays the role of Robin Thicke, complete with shades, black suit, white shirt and cuff links. It took nine days to produce the video that changed up the lyrics to spur the Atlanta Braves on to victory this playoff season. Local rapper Austin Miles performs with Chewning. Plus, members of the Tomahawk team, Homer the mascot, and Heavy Hitters drummers also appear in the “Blurred Lines” parody. The best news for parents is that all are fully clothed, totally appropriate and family-friendly for kids.
The “Atlanta Business Chronicle” examined the story behind the “Blurred Lines” parody on Sept. 25. “Baselines” is Aaron Chewning’s third Braves video. “The first he made as a fan, the second received some support from the Braves, and this latest video was commissioned by the team to commemorate the team’s clinching the National League East title,” Carla Caldwell wrote.
Javier Lopez, who was a member of the 1995 World Series champion Braves team, even makes a surprise appearance. Chewning told the “AJC,” He was great. He was having fun. And he’s still buff and in great shape.” Javy, a three-time All-Star, spent 12 of his 15 major league seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
So, start dancing and chopping because the hometown team is headed to the playoffs. Postseason tickets are now on sale on the Braves website. Single game tickets range from $18 for upper pavilion to $97 for the Henry Aaron Level. The National League Division Series runs from Oct. 3-9 and the NLCS takes place from Oct. 11-19.
To see the Atlanta Braves “Blurred Lines” new spirit song, be sure to check out the video above and to the left. But be forewarned, it’s very, very hard to get the song out of your head. Here are the words in the chorus, which are 100% guaranteed to echo in your brain for days and days.
And we’re the best team in the whole world!
We got the Uptons,
We got the Johnsons,
We’re pretty awesome.
The whole world!
They ain’t ready,
We got the Freddies,
We’ve won already,
All these baselines!
I got a feeling,
This post season,
We gon’ be winning,
It’s about time!
We punched our ticket,
To get that pennant,
We’re gonna win it.
For lyrics to the entire song, head to CBS Atlanta.
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