Play That Funky Music

by on February 25, 2011 · 4 comments

Before the Cardinals take the field for opening day, I thought I’d just give my suggestions on some walkup music options for some of the players.  The “walkup music” is the music that you hear as players are introduced for each at-bat, so some people know it as the “at-bat” music.  The music is usually a very personal choice made by the player, and it typically reflects both their personality and taste in music.  The selection often changes throughout the season, and fans who frequent Busch Stadium may become quite familiar with some of the ones that really stand out.  Need some examples?

If only the players would accept some suggestions from the fans, I’m ready.  Consider what I have to offer.

  • David Freese – “Walk This Way” (Aerosmith & Run DMC) -> You know why this one works.  Stay upright, twinkletoes.
  • Lance Berkman – “The Humpty Dance” (Digitial Underground) -> Y’all wanna see the Puma doin’ the Humpty dance, and you know it.
  • Nick Punto – “I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller” (Skee-Lo) -> Don’t we all, Nick, don’t we all?
  • Adam Wainwright – “Paint It Black” (Rolling Stones) -> “I look right at home plate, and it’s all painted black….” (In light of the latest news, this might need to be changed to something like “Dr. Feelgood”)
  • Colby Rasmus – “Take This Job and Shove It” (Johnny Paycheck) -> Keep playing this until he reaches 500 plate appearances.  As suggested by PH8 reader “JE”, “Nightmare” (Avenged Sevenfold) might work if only for the “Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah.” line that opposing pitchers would not necessarily appreciate.  Thanks “JE” for the suggestion, although I also liked the “Haunting, yearning, pull the trigger.” line as well.
  • Jon Jay – “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (Scorpions) -> The U.  How do you hit .300 and find a comfy spot on the bench?  Play for TLR.  Alternatively, I offer up “Insane in the Brain” by Cypress Hill, because that will probably cross somebody’s mind at least once this year when the cameras pan over to Jay sitting quietly on the bench.  Talent?  Jay haz it. 
  • Yadier Molina – “Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof” (Travis Tritt) ->  Just activate “Bad Ass Yadi” by tapping shin guards.

For the man who needs his own section, I offer several options for Albert Pujols:

  1. Rocket Mang” (Sir Elton John)
  2. Mang on the Moon” (REM)
  3. Mangeater” (Hall & Oates)
  4. Final Countdown” (Europe)
  5. Piano Mang” (Billy Joel)
  6. Bad Bromance” (Lady Gaga)
  7. Wake Me Up When September Ends” (Green Day)
  8. Stand by Your Mang”  (Tammy Wynette or The Blues Brothers – yes, you know you want to click the link)
  9. When I Come Around” aka The Home Run Trot song (Green Day)
  10. Somewhere Over The Train Tracks” (Judy Garland) – Dedicated to Brad Lidge.  Click here for 45 seconds of pure happy time (No, not THAT happy time.  The other one.)
  11. Supermang (It’s Not Easy)” (Five For Fighting) – hat tip to @pujolsmolinafan for this one
  12. Magic Mang” (Heart) – ditto this one as well, thank you #TeamCake

TIDBITS:  As I was going through my Google Reader feed yesterday, I noticed that I’ve fallen into a pattern of reading some blogs every day and some are saved for a few days and read all at once.  The ones that are part of my “morning coffee as the brain powers on” routine are:

  • You’re My Boys Blues – I don’t watch a lot of hockey games, so I greatly appreciate the recaps and the intense passion that Ann has for the game.  When I do happen to catch some hockey, I’m not completely unfamiliar with tendencies, line trends, and where the Blues stand in terms of the playoff chase.  It’s almost like I don’t have to put my brain cell to full use, and I appreciate that greatly, Ann.
  • On The Outside Corner – This was previously Throatwarbler’s blog, and I’m not so sure that everybody has found their way over to it yet.  If you haven’t, then I recommend that you bookmark it, because it’s worth it.  He’s Bob Gibson circa 1968 to my 2010 Brad Penny
  • Aaron Miles’ Fastball – I read Christine’s work at AMF for the originality and writing style, but the blog name is a huge bonus.  I can’t help but snicker every time I see the banner image of Aaron Miles reaching back to throw the “express”. 
  • i70baseball – I’ve even read some of the KC Royals stuff on i70, although I would never admit it (well, maybe I just did).  Nice collection of writers producing a nice variety of work. 
  • C70 At The Bat – It’s like Narnia for Cardinals fans there.  You can get absolutely lost clicking on links to more and more baseball content.  It’s Friday.  Do it. 
  • Cardinal Diamond Diaries – Subscribe.  Bookmark.  Bug the ladies to write more blog posts, please.  Thank you.

Like it?  Have some music suggestions?  Follow gr33nazn on Twitter and submit some for future updates to this post!

Cardinals fan since I could hold a fishing pole steady. Accidental blogger. Opinionated. I could care less about what you think of me. Constantly confounded, bemused, and confuzzled (ie I'm a pc and a mac). I'm an IT infrastructure analyst with a penchant for breaking tech toys. I ate a sabermetric primer for breakfast. I love playing "All-powerful GM of MLB". The 2010 Cardinals represented a good, practical definition "cognitive dissonance". The 2011 version got by on duct tape and a prayer, and I'm fine with that. They just need new tape for #12 in 12.
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JE February 26, 2011

Nice list! I especially liked your song choice for Rasmus. I would suggest, for Pujols, adding “Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold. If you haven’t heard it listen to it because one particular line would be apropos for opposing pitchers.

Dennis February 26, 2011

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have to go check it out and see if I can figure out which line you consider apropos. Look for an update to this post later for it. 🙂

Ann February 26, 2011

A couple things:
-I LOVED when Holliday went from Chicken Fried to Eminem’s first single. And I think Schumaker should have stayed with Weezy’s “You know what I’m doin.” It was great.
-I have compiled and saved lists of the Cards walk on songs for two years running.
-I think someone, ANYONE, needs to have the song “War” by the Sick Puppies
-You are AWESOME for the shoutout love. Seriously. Knowing someone reads with some regularity makes me want to try harder. 🙂 Thanks a bunch!!! Again.

Dennis February 26, 2011

Okay, I’m impressed by the music list thing. That’s dedication.

I just like to acknowledge some of my favorite blogs from time to time. Lots of people are out there doing great work, and I want to get the word out.

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