The 5 Best Walk-Up Songs Used in Baseball This Year
All stats aside, hitters can score lots of brownie points with the fans through one medium: their walk-up song. Just by having a song that wakes up the crowd, hitters can energize the fans and suddenly give their team some momentum.
For example, when hearing Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" whenever Mark Teixeira comes to bat (though he has only used it sparingly this year) at Yankee Stadium, I suddenly go into pumped-up mode and suddenly become a crazy fan. Even if he makes an out, I cheer hard.
That said, let's depart from stats for today and look at the Top 5 walk-up songs used this year.
No. 5 Vernon Wells: "Forgot About Dre" by Dr. Dre Feat. Eminem
Considering how Wells used to be one of the game's best power hitters and is now slowly fading away into the background, this song is quite fitting. Then again, if your team featured the incredible Mike Trout, wouldn't you suddenly forget about Wells?
No. 4 Adam Dunn: "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC
If Dunn's version of hell is being a power hitter who does nothing but hit home runs, draw walks and strike out, then I guess he's nailed this song choice right on the head!
No. 3 Howard Kendrick: "California Love" by 2Pac Feat. Dr. Dre
I was nine years old when I started getting into music and when I first heard this song, I went crazy. The beat is just unbelievable and hearing Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur spit out lyrics should be part of any high school's history curriculum in the future.
The fact that this song lives on nearly 20 years later, particularly whenever Kendrick comes to bat, just shows how important it is.
No. 2 Lucas Duda: "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix
You can say what you want about Duda, the New York Mets or any other team for that matter; But when it comes to Hendrix, it's hard to find anything bad to say about one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Throw in the fact that this song is just so unbelievably bad-ass, and it's easy to see why Duda would want to use it.
No. 1 Carlos Beltran: "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
Even if you aren't a GNR fan, you definitely know the opening riff to this song. The first notes just scream that something awesome is going to happen and when the dust settles, there will be only one winner.
Given Beltran's resurgence this year, it's only fitting that he use something like this. From Axl Rose's vocals to the great guitar work of Slash, thinking that "Welcome to the Jungle" is a bad song is like thinking that Babe Ruth was a bad player.