Two games into the National League Championship Series, one thing is clear for the Philadelphia Phillies, second baseman Bryson Stott and the fans at Citizens Bank Park: Things are A-OK.
While the Phillies took care of business, shutting out the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 10-0 win behind three more home runs and another dominant start by Aaron Nola, a certain walk-up song once again grabbed the attention of fans and viewers across the country.
In Tuesday's Game 2 of the NLCS, with Stott up to bat, the fans didn't want Tai Verdes' "A-O-K" to stop:
After the game, Stott spoke to reporters about the crowd adopting his walk-up song as their own, saying: "It's pretty amazing. I mean, picking that song, I never imagined this, but I feel like every at-bat, it gets louder and louder. And I'm trying to do my best to get some hits so they keep singing it."
To that end, the 26-year-old went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, giving the fans every reason in the world to keep the serenading going.
He also mentioned that he's had the benefit of some teams doing mound visits while he's at the plate, leading to the stadium playing his song twice, generating even more energy for himself, the team and the fans.
And how could we forget Game 2 of the National League Wild Card Series, which included one of those aforementioned mound visits. Fans barely had time to catch their breath after singing along to Stott’s walk-up song before the second baseman drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving the already-rowdy home crowd another reason to kick the noise level into a new gear:
For his part, Verdes spoke with Matt Monagan of MLB.com about hearing his song in the viral clip: "It was just a beautiful moment. I've been all over the world performing that song and to see in the stadium. I mean, it's where it belongs. It's what it was meant to do. That pitcher had no chance. No chance."
Yeah, don't count on Phillies fans stopping the tradition anytime soon. The song is here to stay. The singing is here to stay. And hopefully the hits are here to stay.
With the upcoming three games on the road, the next chance fans will have to sing along is Monday for Game 6 of the NLCS, if the series makes it that far. Otherwise, the next opportunity the Citizens Bank Park crowd will have to belt out the lyrics could be in the World Series.