Idiot Baseball Players Talk About Their At-Bat Music

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Hey look! Baseball players talking about music! It's not even that the songs are bad, there's no accounting for taste, it's just the things they say about them. Since I had to read it, so do you. Good luck!

  • Stephen Drew, SS

    Song: "Swing" by Trace Adkins

    Drew: "At one point I didn't even come out to any music. For me, I don't really care about it. The other guys were saying they wanted me to have a song, so that's how it works for me. It's country and I like country music, so it's not too bad. I'm a low-key guy. I just go out and play every day and just have fun with the guys."

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  • Conor Jackson, LF Song: "Say Yeah" by Wiz Khalifa

    Jackson: "I just like the beat. There's no particular reason. I just heard it and liked it. It's got a little techno beat in it, too. That's how I roll."

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  • Justin Upton, RF

    Song: "The Hand Clap" by Hurricane Chris; "Dey Know" by Shawty Lo; "Get Like Me" by David Banner; "Make Way" by Birdman

    Upton: "I like the songs. They make me feel good when I come up to the plate. I mean, I like listening to music and those are just some good songs."

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  • Jim Thome, DH

    Song: "No Leaf Clover" by Metallica

    Thome: "I just kind of roll with it. I'm not an overly big music guy, so whatever they play is fine. No biggie. I don't even really hear it up there. If I would think about it, I probably would, but I don't pay much attention. I'm focusing what I'm trying to do. So no big deal."

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  • Mike Napoli, C

    Song: "Yahhh!" by Soulja Boy

    Napoli: "I just liked it. We usually play it in here after games that we win and I just liked it. It's the kind of music that I listen to. You hear it, but it's not like you're waiting to hear it. I'm locked in and hitting. If I'm not playing that day or on the road, I listen to other people's songs, but it doesn't really fire me up or anything."

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We get it dummies. You're all too focused on your at bat. Great idea for an article.

Rob is convinced that players have bad taste in music or don't care about music because they were too busy playing ball and banging chicks in high school. I disagree. It's more complex and scientific. I think there's a hitting gene that devours and eats the music appreciation gene around the age of 15. This is why a pitcher such as Lenny DiNardo can listen to cool shit like Townes Van Zandt.

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I would come out to the theme from Sanford & Son.

of the closet?

ZING!!!

"Sad songs are my favorite songs."

Lenny DiNardo is so emo, and possibly gay.

The video for Yahh! is awful, but hilarious, like watching a car crash. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfCmYyG-yg4)

Marcus Giles always came out to whatever rap song was 'hot' at the time. I remember loling when he strolled up to the plate to 50 Cent's "In Da Club"

What would your music be? I'd go with "Ride of the Valkyries." If someone called Wagner anti-semitic, I'd sick Daniel Barenboim on them.

Or else something by Atari Teenage Riot just to see how many people in the stands start vomiting.

I have had this conversation many times, and I would come out to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", from Dirty Dancing.

But Sanford and Son is also great, Hammer.

I would have Gustav Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" from his Planets suite playing as I came up to bat. It would put fear in the hearts of my enemies. All seven minutes of it.

Either that or REM's "Stand" because it's silly and cute, like me.

We will come out to one song and one song only: "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas.

I'd go with Interior Crocodile Alligator.

INTERIOR CROCODILE ALLIGATOR.
I DRIVE A CHEVROLET MOVIE THEATRE.

Smoltz once said he didn't really care what he came out to, so the next game the sound guys played "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. That lasted all of one game.

I would come out to "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson, and moonwalk my way towards the plate. Then hit a 5 run tater dong to win the game.

Rob, we can agree that there's not enough classical entrance music.

How about the "2001: A Space Odyssey" song? They could show that one ape going ape-shit (smashing bones, killing a tapir, rebel yell) after he invents tools.

I only even know one of these songs (Metallica) and that makes me very, very proud.

@Rob - nice choice. I'd go with "Lightning Hopkins" just for the badass drums.

See, Gorge gets it.

The rest of you know way too much about music.

I'd go with "Walk" by Pantera. It has a baseball reference, it's bad ass, and it reminds of the old ECW.

I would go with "Going the Distance" by Cake.

BTW, My little brother (Brewers Fan) told me that Braun had "Super Star" as his song last year. What an arogant prick.

These are all better than Takashi Saito's entrance music the last time I was at Dodger Stadium: "Sweet Caroline."

Jeter comes out to the Humpty Dance. That's very non-Jeterian.

"I Wupped Batman's Ass" by Wesley Willis. Especially poignant this year.

A-Rod comes out to pretty much anything from Men At Work.

Arod comes out to pretty much anything from "Men at Work"

Sorry... Stupid computer

If I were a closer, I'd come out to "Stayin' Alive" and disco dance my way to the mound. (Joke stolen from my college roommate Denny.)

My at-bat music would either be "Take me out to the Ballgame" or the national anthem, just to confuse people. Or maybe I'd use the audio from the Hindenberg disaster. Yeah, that'd be a pretty sweet intro music.

What song was it that Rocky Colavito walked out too? How about Joe Pepitone?

oh yeah, they didn't walk out to any fucking music!

I would walk out to canned applause.

You know who else didn't walk out to music? Roy Campanella.

Hullo. Been reading you guys for two weeks now, figured I should make a (very very minor) contribution.

I'd come out to Neil Armstrong's moonlanding speech.

That's the kind of patriot I am!

I will be quiet now.

You know who else didn't walk out to music? Roy Campanella.

Are you saying that's how he rolled?

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