I was in the barbershop today and came across a copy of ESPN the Magazine with a feature on the Boston Red Sox and their walk-up music.
For those that are unaware or unfamiliar with the term, a player's "walk-up" music is the music played when he comes to bat during a game. Not too dissimilar to a wrestler's entrance music.
Think, "I am a real American," but in about five-second spurts.
While in the article, DJ Steve Porta came up with some pretty interesting (and amusing) selections, I figured that having a bit of a music background, I would try my hand at the topic as well.
I would love to hear what others think on this piece. The subject of music mixed with baseball is open for great opinions and debate.
Currently Jarrod Saltalamacchia comes to bat to "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Now, this is a great sing-a-long song, but it falls short.
The explanation Salty offered: "I just like classic rock."
Fair enough; so do I.
While Porter made a case for "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa, I figured The Rolling Stones were more appropriate.
Hence: "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" is my choice. Not to mention, the riff is killer.
If Porter wants Salty to step up and be a "captain"-like figure for the team, the rest of the team should hear him knocking on their door
Adrian Gonzalez currently walks up to “Get Up/Levantate” and “Bon, Bon” by Pitbull.
His reasoning is “My two songs are Spanish and English, so they touch where I come from.”
Porter suggested The Stereo MC's "Step It Up," which, well, spells out his reasoning in the song title.
In my opinion, Gonzo has been much too nice of a guy in town and needs a bit more aggression. Sticking with the whole idea of Spanish and American, I went with Rage Against the Machine.
The band itself is comprised of Spanish and American songwriters, and "Bombtrack" offers just the right fit of upbeat angst that Gonzo may need.
I truly miss when Dustin Pedroia walked up to Dr. Dre's "Dre Day." It may have been the most appropriate song/personality mix in baseball.
Currently, he walks up to "Blinded By The Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. As Pedey says, he let a friend pick it for him.
Great song; just doesn't really work.
I would go with Curtis Stigers and the Forest Rangers' version of "John the Revelator," as seen in season one of Sons of Anarchy.
Fans of the show know just how amazing the track is and how fitting it is for Pedroia.
Currently, Middlebrooks has been using "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Very cool track, very cool selection. However, it doesn't really show the excitement that Middlebrooks emits on the field.
His selection shows his appreciation for great guitarists and rock music.
That being said, I opted for Van Halen's "Atomic Punk" off of Van Halen I.
The song is insane, full of energy and it's Eddie Van Halen: sums it all up in my book.
For the record, Porter did not include Middlebrooks in his piece.
Currently, Mike Aviles comes to bat with "Rocketeer" by Far East Movement. His reasoning is, "This song gets me relaxed in the box. When I first used it, I started hitting well, so I couldn’t change it.”
Superstition in sports is completely understandable.
Porter suggested "The Bomb" by the Bucketheads for the play Aviles has displayed at short this season. He's been solid and shored up a position that otherwise has been volatile in recent memory.
My selection is a remixed version of "I'm Ready" by the Twilight Singers. Essentially for the same reason as Porter, Aviles has proven he's ready to be the everyday shortstop in Boston while the assumed shortstop of the future, Jose Iglesias, is still progressing in A-ball.
"Public Service Announcement" by Jay-Z is Darnell McDonald's choice.
I like the beat, I like the idea behind it, but I'm not sure McDonald can really get away with this song.
Porter jokingly stated that McDonald should use "Funk Dat" by Sagat after looking at his stats.
If we're going to stick with hip-hop and the idea of sticking around, fighting the odds (McDonald is one of the oldest "youngsters" in the game), then my choice was pretty simple: "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J.
Cody Ross has been on the of the pleasant surprises on the Red Sox this season.
Having put up numbers that fans wished JD Drew could have, and at a quarter of the cost no less.
Ross makes his way to bat to "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. According to him, he uses it because he likes how it starts.
Porter took a dig at Ross in his suggestion, remarking that perhaps Ross should walk to the plate to “Strike It Up” by Black Box: “Cody needs a song to remind him that he’s leading the team in whiffs.”
I'll go along with that, considering the man has 38 strikeouts thus far. However, he's tied for second in RBI right now, so I have to give him some respect.
My choice: "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. Great opening riff; classic tune.
His pick: "I Got A Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.
His reasoning: “When I was in Oakland, I walked out to rap music. At Fenway Park, there are a lot more fans when you come up to the plate, so I needed something a little different.”
Obviously Sweeny has terrible, terrible taste in music, so I'll just have to fix this for him.
Now that he's in Boston, I was thinking about going with an local underground heavy metal legends Steel Assassin. They just did a sick Rush cover on their new album, so, that being said, Sweeney should use SA's version of "Red Sector A" for his music and pay homage to the local crew.
Ortiz always seems to have pretty good and fitting music.
Currently, he is using “King of Diamonds” by Rick Ross: “When you go to hit, you want to look mean. This song gets you going.”
Porter’s pick: “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z and UGK. According to Porter, “Big Papi is pimping a serious average and leading the team. He needs to have some more fun on that walk to the plate.”
My pick: If Papi wants to be grimy and aggressive, one rap group comes to mind: ONYX, and what better than "Shut 'Em Down," featuring DMX, another aggressive rapper.
Obviously, this is a joke, but when Bobby Valentine comes out to the mound, shouldn't he have some type of song?
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