Clean version of `Empire State of Mind' for Series

BY foxsports • October 28, 2009

Check out the lyrics of "Empire State of Mind," the hit song Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys plan to perform at Thursday night's World Series Game 2 at Yankee Stadium.

Don't freak. Major League Baseball says you'll hear a more wholesome rendition.

"There's a clean version that goes out on radio, and that's what they'll use. It doesn't have bad words," Marla Miller, MLB's senior vice president of special events, said Tuesday.

It's common for players to pick music with rough lyrics for their introductions before at-bats and pitching appearances, however, altered versions are used that drop offensive language.

Fox, televising the World Series, didn't expect any issues with the opening song.

"I'm told that a broadcast-appropriate version will be performed," spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said.

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