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?
- Colby Rasmus – “Sweet Home Alabama“
- Kyle Lohse – “The Next Episode” (Dr Dre) -> Apropos, no?
- Matt Holliday – “Chicken Fried” (Zac Brown Band)
- Skip Schumaker – “Beautiful People” (Marilyn Manson)
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:
- “Rocket Mang” (Sir Elton John)
- “Mang on the Moon” (REM)
- “Mangeater” (Hall & Oates)
- “Final Countdown” (Europe)
- “Piano Mang” (Billy Joel)
- “Bad Bromance” (Lady Gaga)
- “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (Green Day)
- “Stand by Your Mang“ (Tammy Wynette or The Blues Brothers – yes, you know you want to click the link)
- “When I Come Around” aka The Home Run Trot song (Green Day)
- “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.)
- “Supermang (It’s Not Easy)” (Five For Fighting) – hat tip to @pujolsmolinafan for this one
- “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.
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