- 05/23/2011, 09:21AM ET
Golden Grillz said 05/23, 09:21 AM
One of the more subtle things to enjoy in going to a baseball is the music. When "Enter Sandman" begins playing at Yankee games, it means one thing... just like AC/DC "Hells Bells" used to thrill SD fans.
At the same time, recently Kevin Youkilis was seranaded by Red Sox to Biz Markies "Just a friend".
While sometimes players will pick something silly, hard rock, hip hop, or just leave it to the PA. Music is still there.
So while I will never be a professional baseball player (unless there becomes a demand for 32 yr old guys with a 5.0 40 time, mediocre arm, and bad hand eye corrdination... I actually might be an improvement over Jorge Posada...)
Here it is:
1st Arg pick music to come AB with
2nd come in as a CL
3rd music for a victory
"Why can't we be friends?" by WAR
Think of this way, everyone tries to play intimidating or music to jacked up to. Play this jam and the opposing pitcher is going to have to wonder if I'm right in the head. It's going to get him completely off his game. Plus it is just funny. Here's my inspiration for my choice:
Grue said 05/23, 09:57 AM
The walk-up song is played for the player to put the player at ease throw off the pitcher. It has to relax you and put you in the right mindset. Zone into the pitch. Not too strong to get you pumped and swinging hard. Not too touchy-feely that you relax too much.
I remember a song from my childhood. It came out when I played t-ball and rstowe was my hitting coach. I've used it ever since. Now it has even more special significance.
Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Plus, Chernabog is so cute, and dark and all.
Children need to learn that there is darkness in this world. A good walk-up song should scare the beejeebus out of kids at the ballpark and let them know that Enter Sandman is real and monsters like Chernabog and Grue are waiting.
Your song is way too relaxing to put a good swing on the ball. I don't want to be the pitcher's friend. I want to "Mike Tyson" his ear.
Golden Grillz said 05/23, 10:21 AM
Just because it is from Disney doesn't make it right. If you want to scare the beejeebus out of children, why don't you just have the guy play the end of "Old Yeller" on the big screen while you're at it!
As a Closer I want something with an upbeat tempo to help get the crown back in it after sitting through 8 innings of baseball, and at the same time provide a public service announcement to the intoxicated fans.
While I for one would partake in a couple adult beverages during the game, by the time I will enter the game all alcohol sales will have been cutoff. Which is why my song for enterring the 9th is Tool's "Sober"
Next up victory!
Grue said 05/23, 10:54 AM
While Tool - Sober is a very nice song, it starts kinda mild and slow. You need a closer song that jumps from note one and pumps the crowd during the whole long walk from the bullpen. Plus the dichotomy of telling the fans you are a Tool if you are Sober conflicts with your intended message.
Here's another song from my childhood with a modern twist on electric guitar.
Imagine I get the call. My nervous twitch starts at the eyes and spreads down my right arm. Hips shake like Elvis watching Nintendo flickers and I fight the urge to release my bladder. My first warmup throw sails to the back stop. Then I settle down with completely random placement of pitches, sending the catcher sprawling into both batters' boxes. I collapse into a seizure and wave off the medic.
I'm like Randy Johnson throwing at imaginary pigeons. I'm Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams with a bigger, Wlider Thing.
The Bumble Bee represents the movement on my split-fingered fastball, my four seam fastball, my knuckle-fastball, my curve-fastball, and my slider-fastball.
Intimidating as heck.
Golden Grillz said 05/23, 01:19 PM
Let me clarify something first, when choosing the song to play after a baseball win, it should be simple catchy and timeless. After all some teams will be playing this song upwards towards 50-60 times a year.
At the same time, the song should reflect the proper significance of the game. Having Queen "We are the Champions" played after a win is rediculous. This song should be reserved for games like the World Series.
Ex., How dumb would it look if the Pittsburgh Pirates played "We are the Champions" after all of their wins?
At the same time this song is going to be played at home games. Where (unless you live in Florida) a majority of the fans support the home team. So a song that offers a little bit of Razzing isn't that bad considering no one is really there to be hurt.
Finally this song isn't for getting the crowd pumped up. The game is over. It's to help them leave on a happy note as they leave the park.
So here's a timeless classic (how do I know it is timeless because apparently Glee did a version)
Personally this is the version I would recommend:
"Happy days are here again"
Grue said 05/23, 01:52 PM
This TD isn't about awesome songs. It is about song's that we would use. I really wanted to pick this one song but said "On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. 'Tis a silly place."
So, who are we kidding? Grue's Victory song?
I'm terrible. My fastball comes in at 64 MPH, I'm over the hill, washed up, scrawny, lazy, and ugly. I once played little league baseball. I was catcher. In t-ball (I hate Stowe for scaring me for life).
I have no victory song. I've never won anything important. If I don't intimidate the opponents into submission with borderline insanity and Antisocial Personality Disorder, they will realize I'm risking Tommy John surgery throwing an eephus pitch.
President Obama would laugh at me.
But I dream about it. I've imagined that day. To me, there is only one song that means "Victory" in the every possible sense. The ultimate expression of good over evil. The underdog vs the oppressor. The little guy vs the Imperialist giant.
My victory song would be the Ewok "Yub Nub" song.
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