It’s Summer programming time folks! Are you ready?! Oh, I’m not so sure. Of course Titletown is going to be annoying but how about a “Battle of the Bands” playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Baseball Tonight? What if I told you Journey and Peter Gammons are involved???

But you won’t see it from ESPN analyst Peter Gammons, who will play Ball Game on-air Sunday (7 p.m. ET) in a sort of homage to the late guitar legend Bo Diddley: “It’s how Bo Diddley would have played it.”

And ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Monday will begin airing music videos from nine musical acts — including REO Speedwagon — playing the 100 year-old anthem. (FYI: Lyricists Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer never went to a baseball game — and weren’t even interested in the sport. Art needn’t imitate life.)

The idea, says ESPN producer Jay Levy, is to create a battle of the bands decided by online voting, starting June 29, with a winner announced July 13: “Personally, I’m a huge American Idol fan, so I figured why not have our own little American Idol.”

Other contestants: Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, bluegrass band Punch Brothers, rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd, rockers The Cab, country singer Gretchen Wilson, Latin and salsa hip-hop group Ozomatli — “they’re fabulous,” Gammons says — as well as saxophonist Branford Marsalis and rockers Candlebox.

Wait, Candlebox?!?! I love Gammons, Journey, and Ozomatli, but f’ing Candlebox??? Actually, come to think of it….I might actually get into this. At least they tried to get a nice variety of different musical acts and this could be fun. If they hadn’t tried to compare it to “American Idol” then I would definitely be on board.

(Yeaaaaaah. You left me faaaaaar behinnnd yind. Now may-a-a-be I dint mean to treat youuuuu oh sooooo ba-a-d, but eye diddddd it anyway yay!!)

Try to get that out of your head the rest of the day.

Old ‘Ball Game’ will get new treatments on ESPN (USA Today)