An old tradition in baseball is to have part of a song play while you step up to bat. For this article, I chose the songs that match their player’s abilities.
I also included a link to Youtube so you can listen to the songs as you read.
10. Raul Ibanez; "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
Critic commentary: "Hopefully this classic about United Kingdom night prowlers by the late crooner will help Ibanez put some English on the ball." --Kenny Herzog, Editor-in-Chief
It sounds like Zevon is singing “Ra-uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuullllllllllll!” when he howls. When this song plays in the Safe, the fans really get into it. Raul even has his own “people” who come with “Rauuuuuuul” written across their chests.
9.Chris Coste; "La Grange" by ZZ Top
Critic commentary: "Incredible pick. This could only be made better if the former 33-year-old rookie grew a Billy Gibbons-style beard down to his waist. If you can't get your swagger on while walking up to the plate to 'La Grange,' you need to check your pulse." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
A very weird song. It is very cool, and it would be cool to hear while stepping up to bat.
8.Joey Votto; "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
Critic commentary: "Is that Freedom Rock, man? Well, turn it up, man! The Toronto-born Votto swings for the fence on this one. One-hit wonder? Check. Ridiculous band name? Check. Unapologetic and proud Southern rock? You betcha." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
A hard rock song that prepares you’re mean look to stare down the pitcher with.
7. Jim Edmonds - "Center Field" by John Fogerty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70I4xRbsT4Q
This song is about Jim Edmonds’ position. Not only that, but the lyrics go “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.” Being a back-up outfielder now, I’m sure he asks his coach to play every once in a while.
6. Alex Rodriguez; "This is Why I'm Hot" by MIMS
Critic commentary: "These songs largely sum up the chasm that will forever exist between Jeter and A-Rod. They are superstars born one year apart, they are paid boatloads of money to play for the most prestigious franchise in sports, but only one of them bumps MIMs as he's coming to the plate. Not hot." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer, Paste, Crawdaddy, and Jambase
This is A-Rod’s song. He is hot, and you are not. He represents New York; it says it on his back. The song is about a too-rich show-off who writes a song about it, and A-Rod is a too-rich show-off. I see the song fitting him well.
5. Chone Figgins; "Speedin'" by Rick Ross
Critic commentary: "One hundred fifty-five stolen bases in three seasons undoubtedly gives you the right to do a little bragging; 'Figgy' is indeed speedin'." --Saul Austerlitz, freelance critic for Boston Globe and other publications
Figgins has speed, and this song is all about speed.
4. Gary Matthews Jr.; "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z
Critic commentary: "Jigga's snake-charmer horns are downright ridiculous. Can there be a better batting song than this?" --Saul Austerlitz, freelance critic for Boston Globe and other publications
Saul is right. This song is really loud, a little obnoxious, and it wakes you up.
3. Russell Martin; "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West
Critic commentary: "Presumably, the once unstoppably productive catcher is hoping this Kanye cut will catalyze his ability to hit more balls toward the far reaches of Dodger Stadium." --Kenny Herzog, Editor-in-Chief http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53NrAbjvL_4
This song is a very positive song. It’s saying “before I die, I’m goin’ to touch the sky.” Kanye West is really saying I want to reach the top, and sparkle. The top is a great spot for Martin to aim for.
2. Rafael Furcal; "Los Venganza de los Pelados" by Los Lobos
Critic commentary: "Opposing teams should definitely be scared of any leadoff hitter who comes to the plate with that kind of look in his eye, backed by a song whose title begins with 'The Revenge.'" --Kenny Herzog, Editor-in-Chief
I don’t have much to say. The song really gets your attention. A great song for a leadoff hitter.
1. Justin Morneau; "Big Gun" by AC/DC
Critic commentary: "Congrats, Justin. You won the Home Run Derby and you have good taste in music. Please stop being so perfect." -- Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer
Look out! Here comes Morneau!
Big Gun is a great song for this slugger.
Honorable Mention: Jason Varitek; "Me and My Gang" by Rascal Flatts: Aramis Ramirez - "You're Sixteen": Brian Schneider; "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins: Josh Hamilton; "Saved the Day" by Phillips, Craig & Dean: B.J. Upton; “Rider Part 2” G-Unit: Luis Gonzalez; "In the Air Tonight" by Nonpoint: Nick Swisher; "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins: Conor Jackson;"Say Yeah" by Wiz Khalifa: Alfredo Amezaga; "Como Me Duele" by Valentin Elizalde: Freddy Sanchez;"The Way I Are" by Timbaland: Austin Kearns; "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney: Chase Utley; “Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin”: Alex Rios;“Los Bandoleros" by Don Omar”: Corey Hart; "International Harvester" by Craig Morgan: Ryan Doumit;“Mother" by Danzig: Jay Bruce; "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath