SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The image of Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey, dancing and singing in the aisles of AT&T Park while rooting for his hometown San Francisco Giants, likely tainted last season's Royals' sixth-inning anthem forever.
Royals fans had chosen "Don't Stop Believin'" as the sixth-inning song played at Kauffman Stadium in 2014 -- that selection, of course, stopped once the Royals met the Giants in the World Series. The replacement song became KISS' "I Want to Rock and Roll All Night."
Now, the Royals are once again letting the fans vote for a new sixth-inning anthem through a Play it Forward contest.
The Royals have picked 16 songs that got the highest vote totals last year and those songs will square off in a bracket-style competition beginning Opening Day on April 6.
The two songs for each particular game, as well as instructions on how to vote, will be announced during pregame. The winning song for each game will be played in the middle of the sixth inning and will advance to the next round until the winning song is revealed on May 6.
Here are the matchups:
Monday, April 6 -- 3:10 p.m. CT vs. Chicago White Sox
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey vs. Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway
Wednesday, April 8 -- 7:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas vs. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
Thursday, April 9 -- 1:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
Small Town by John Mellencamp vs. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Friday, April 17 -- 7:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Summer Of '69 by Bryan Adams vs. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
Saturday, April 18 -- 6:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty vs. Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band
Sunday, April 19 -- 1:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger vs. I Want to Rock and Roll All Night by KISS
Monday, April 20 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash vs. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Tuesday, April 21 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Twist and Shout by The Beatles vs. Centerfield by John Fogerty
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.