Music To Their Bats...

Angie MeyerContributor IIApril 16, 2010
If you could begin your workday by walking into the office with a song that accompanies you, what would it be? We're sure your soundtrack is something absolutely fabulous like Taylor, Gaga, Britney, Or Fergie. Think about it really hard. The song you choose has to perfectly fit your persona, working style, even your dedication to the job. A song that begins your day with power and emotion, and pushes you that extra step to assure you'll remain at the top of your game. What if an employer or your co-workers chose it for you?
Major League baseball players use the power of music as a mechanism to ignite their performance. Many of which have their own "special song" played over the stadium loud speakers each time they walk up to bat or pitch an inning. A song that defines them as a player, as an athlete, and as a superstar.
It's one of the fabulous excitements of going to the ballpark. MLB fans recognize players by their music. They know which player is up at bat even before he's out of the dugout. Tailor made, and tailor fit, a song to pump up the masses, and create an entrance like no other. Songs that raise the fans heart rate, bring them to their feet, and keep them cheering.
What few people know is that often times songs are chosen by stadiums and team personnel, not by the players themselves. However, the stigma associated with that player lends for a perfect combination. It's the power ballads used to ignite a powerful swing, so fitting and so superb.
All genres of music are represented in MLB stadiums. listed the most popular genres, which Glam Gals has listed below.
Rock: 51.2%, Rap: 34.1%, Christian: 4.9%, Reggae: 2.45%, Country: 2.45%, Electro: 2.45%, The Great One - AKA Madonna: 2.45%
Teams use their music selection in a variety of ways. Some Stadiums only use organ music, others have a taste for past and current hits. Did you know it's Cubs official policy not to allow organ music? The Oakland A's done allow their players to use at-bat music at all.
What song accompanies your favorite baseball player? We've searched high and low for a fabulously comprehensible list. It's hard to find because teams and players change so often, however we've listed a few of our absolute favorites. Update your own inspirational mix with these songs, the soundtracks that motivate the players, and most importantly, motivate their fans.
The 2010 MLB Soundtrack!
Eric Byrnes (Seattle Mariners) - “Disco Inferno”
Reed Johnson (Los Angeles Dodgers) - “She Bang” by William Hung -
Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners) - “Just Let Your Soul Glow” from Coming to America
Shiggy Hasegawa (Formerly with the Anaheim Angels)- “Getting Jiggy With it”
Kaz Matsui (Houston Astros) - “Bruce Lee Theme”
Ramon Castro (Chicago White Sox) - “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
Raul Ibanez (Philadelphia Phillies) - "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
Chris Coste (Washington Nationals) - "La Grange" by ZZ Top
Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds) - "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
Jim Edmonds (Milwaukee Brewers) - "Center Field" by John Fogerty
Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) - "This is Why I'm Hot" by MIMS
Chone Figgins (Seattle Mariners) - "Speedin'" by Rick Ross
Gary Matthews Jr. (New York Mets) - "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z
Russell Martin (Los Angeles Dodgers) - "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West
Rafael Furcal (Los Angeles Dodgers) - "Los Venganza de los Pelados" by Los Lobos
Justin Morneau (Minnesota Twins) - "Big Gun" by AC/DC
Jason Varitek (Boston Red Sox) - "Me and My Gang" by Rascal Flatts
Aramis Ramirez (Chicago Cubs) - "You're Sixteen":
Brian Schneider (Philadelphia Phillies) "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers - "Saved the Day" by Phillips, Craig & Dean
B.J. Upton (Tampa Bay Rays) - “Rider Part 2” G-Unit
Luis Gonzalez (Florida Marlins) - "In the Air Tonight" by Nonpoint
Nick Swisher (New York Yankees) - "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins
Conor Jackson (Arizona Diamondbacks) - "Say Yeah" by Wiz Khalifa
Alfredo Amezaga (Los Angeles Dodgers) -"Como Me Duele" by Valentin Elizalde
Freddy Sanchez (San Francisco Giants) - "The Way I Are" by Timbaland
Austin Kearns (Cleveland Indians) - "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney
Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies) - “Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin”
Alex Rios (Chicago White Sox) - “Los Bandoleros" by Don Omar”
Corey Hart (Milwaukee Brewers) - "International Harvester" by Craig Morgan
Ryan Doumit (Pittsburgh Pirates) - “Mother" by Danzig
Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds) "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath
Nick Johnson (New York Yankees) "Part in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
Stay Lovely in Melody,