Hey batter, batter, batter… It’s time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend, a break mid-season for the league’s favorite stars to shine.
So how do the players get pumped up? Their at-bat songs, of course — those hips-shaking, head-thumping anthems that play for each batter as they walk up to the plate. Players choose the tunes themselves, and they can vary from game to game.
Here’s the playlist so far:
UPDATE: Thanks for all your contributions to our playlist! Even our staff here at MP weighed in, with the following ideas:
- Sabri Ben-Achour: Kevin Rudolf, “Welcome to the World”
Bridget Bodnar: “Hail to the Victors”
Mary Dooe: Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, “Deja Vu”
Nancy Farghalli: The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian”
Steve Gregory: Guns N Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
Denise-Marie Guerra: Arcade Fire, “Wake Up”
Mitchell Hartman: Steve Wonder, “Superstition”
Adriene Hill: Meatloaf, “Bat Out of Hell”
Paddy Hirsch: Motorhead, “Runaround Man
Millie Jefferson: Black Rob, “Whoa”; Lil Jon, “Get Outta Your Mind”
Jonathan Karp: Talking Heads, “Television Man”; UB40, “Red, Red Wine”
John Ketchum: Waka Flocka Flame, “Hard in the Paint”
Ethan Lindsey: Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
Chau Tu: Kanye West, “Touch the Sky”
Stadiums and teams received a lot of publicity about the trend five years ago. At that time, according to the Wall Street Journal:
Perhaps surprisingly, Major League Baseball does not have strict guidelines governing walk up songs. It only specifies that the music must be over by the time the batter reaches the dirt cutout surrounding home plate. As for the content of the song, baseball leaves it up to the clubs to “use good judgment.”
Sports Illustrated reported in 2011 that the trend wasn’t new and in fact had two specific reasons for becoming such a standard part of a baseball game:
The origin of the intro song as theater is believed by many to be rooted in the early 1970s when the Yankees played “Pomp and Circumstance” upon closer Sparky Lyle’s entrance into games. And it accelerated in the 1989 movie Major League when Charlie Sheen’s character. Rick Vaughn, a fictional closer for the Indians, ran onto the field to the raucous “Wild Thing.”
For example, here’s what this weekend’s Home Run Derby lineup:
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
Abusadora, “Wisin Y Yandel”
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Moby, “Flower (Bring Sally Up);” Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive;” Run DMC, “It’s Tricky”
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
Brantley Gilbert, “Kick It In The Sticks”
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado Rockies
Flux Pavilion, “I Can’t Stop”
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
Thousand Foot Krutch, “I Get Wicked”
Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
Tyga, “Rack City”
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Art of Noise, “Moments in Love;” C-Murder, Snoop and Magic, “Down for My N****s;” Mozart, “Requiem: Lacrimosa”
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, Oakland Athletics
Gente de Zona, “El Animal”
In the public radio All-Star game, Marketplace might be pressured to select Ginger Rogers’ version of ‘We’re in the Money‘ or Frank Sinatra’s take on ‘Stormy Weather‘. But a lot of us would prefer something with a little more adrenaline. Perhaps some Wu Tang Clan?:
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