Picking 2013 Walk-Up Music for MLB's Top Faces in New Places
Choosing walk-up music is no doubt an important decision for all MLB players, as it does more than just create noise—it can also say something about the player, be it where he's from, what his tastes are like or whatever else he may have in mind.
With more than a month separating players from Opening Day there's plenty of time to think about it, and you better believe it's a topic of conversation during spring training.
A new season in a new setting is a perfect time to change up the tunes—but in case they're drawing a blank, here are some suggestions for some newly relocated players.
"Don't Stop the Party"
The Cleveland Indians have made some big moves to improve their offense this offseason, not the least of which was adding the multifaceted Nick Swisher to the lineup.
There isn't a player in the league that has more fun than Swisher, and since we all know that "Cleveland rocks," I don't see Swisher stopping the party any time soon.
"Suit and Tie"
Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis was sent to the Chicago White Sox early last season after spending much of his career with the Boston Red Sox, a hated rival of the Bronx Bombers.
It'll be all business heading into Yankee Stadium this season for Youkilis, and even though he might not be used to it, he'll probably need a suit and tie to go along with his new pinstripes.
Lil Wayne ft. Detail
Anytime a player is the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, there is inevitably a great deal of pressure when first setting foot in the new surroundings.
Justin Upton is already an accomplished outfielder and likely won't find the scene in Atlanta to be too much for him, and there certainly won't be any worries with his big brother B.J. roaming the outfield alongside him.
"Don't Wake Me Up"
Being a closer can be one of the loneliest jobs in the league, especially when your team isn't putting you in many positions to close out games.
That'll likely be the case for Jose Veras in Houston this season, as the former Brewer may be spending a lot of time stuck in the bullpen in 2013.
Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida
Melky Cabrera will likely be looking to separate himself from last season's PED suspension as he heads north of the border to join one of the most exciting revamped rosters heading into the 2013 season.
If he does choose to have fun with his past in an effort to move past it, owning up to the "Troublemaker" moniker might just work.
"Take a Walk"
Infielder Mark Reynolds has been in the league full-time for six seasons now, and unfortunately has led the league in strikeouts in four of those seasons.
Heading into 2013, Reynolds should listen to any reminder he can get to take a walk instead of swinging away.
"Welcome to Atlanta"
The Atlanta Braves have made a number of big moves this offseason and should be in great position to contend for postseason positioning in the tough NL East in 2013.
With Michael Bourn out of the picture in Atlanta, the Braves made their biggest investment in signing B.J. Upton to a lucrative deal—and along with his younger brother, they're welcoming him with open arms.
Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis
The Houston Astros are heading into the 2013 season with one of the lowest payrolls baseball has seen in a few years, so it's no surprise that they went thrifty when it came to offseason maneuvering.
Carlos Pena may not have had many other options looking for work this winter, but walking into the Astros clubhouse has to feel like a thrift shop of sorts.
"Hall of Fame"
The Script ft. Will.I.Am
Heading back to the division where he got his start in the league, Torii Hunter's strong defense will be a big plus in the spacious confines of Comerica Park, and if he can put up another offensive effort similar to his 2012 output, the Detroit Tigers will be in a good position to make a run in the postseason once again.
At 37, he's likely nearing the end of his career, and with a couple of strong seasons, Hunter could go a long way toward securing a possible place in Cooperstown.
The Texas Rangers knew they'd have a hard time agreeing to terms with Josh Hamilton this offseason, so it wasn't all that surprising to see him wind up wearing the uniform of the division rival Los Angeles Angels.
His new beginning is all too close to his past, and while he should be able to put up strong numbers with the Halos, he's already making some noise when it comes to speaking out about his time in Texas.
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