The Art of the Walk-Up Song

 

Music moves people. It makes them dance. It gets them excited; it pumps them up. Music is an art, just like, in my opinion, baseball is an art. When you combine the two of them, music and baseball, it unites fans and pumps up players. Teams have anthems that play throughout the stadium before games to help get the crowd in it. For example, the Nationals use this Fall Out Boy song as the team’s pump up song as the Nationals take the field. The Tennessee Smokies using “Rocky Top” as their pump up song while the pitcher takes his warm up throws as the game is about to begin.

While I was working for the Smokies last season, one of the conversations that we had in the press box before a game was about walk-up music. Some of the other interns and I were trying to figure out which song would be our walk-up song or, if we were a pitcher, what our entrance song would be. We had a great time spitballing song titles and giving reasons why we would choose this song versus that song.

While those conversations happened last year, I still listen to players’ walk-up or entrance music, trying to figure out what song(s) mine would be. As I was doing my “research” for this post, I saw that over on District Sports Page, they have an updated list of the 2014 Washington Nationals walk-up and entrance music. I even found a couple websites that have updated (somewhat) walk-up songs for the majority of players in Major League Baseball. You can view those here and here.

Personally, I love walk-up music. I think it’s hilarious that Zach Walters comes up to the plate with either “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go,” both from the movie “Frozen.” (There was even an article written about it on USA Today.) It doesn’t bother me one bit. I patiently waited for Bryce Harper to walk up with “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry just so I can hear it playing throughout the ballpark because of how catchy that song is. Then you’ve got the classics, the unmistakable entrance songs for some of the greatest relief pitchers of my generation – Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. Rivera came out to the iconic “Enter Sandman” by Metallica while Hoffman came out to “Hells Bells” by AC/DC. Opposing hitters new they were in trouble when these songs blared through the stadium in the ninth innings. Walk-up songs might have some meaning behind them, but for me, I just think they have to be songs that pump you up or songs that make you happy – songs that get you in the mood to stand in the batter’s box while a pitcher is throwing a 95 mph fastball at you.

Lately, I’ve been trying to come up with my top four walk-up songs and my entrance song. It’s actually been a pretty tough task but I finally figured it out. So now, for your viewing pleasure, my walk-up and entrance songs, as well as a little blurb about the significance, if any, behind the songs. Don’t forget that most walk-up songs only last for a handful of seconds. I’ll include the timeframe that I would want my walk-up song to be and mine are pretty long for walk-up songs.

WALK-UP SONGS

The Downfall of Us All – A Day to Remember (0:03 – 0:25)

The reasoning behind this song is mainly that I just feel like this would be an awesome walk-up song. It just has that feel to it. I’ve been a long-time fan of A Day to Remember and every time I hear this song, I just get pumped. It would definitely do the trick to jack me up and hit an inside-the-park home run with the blazing speed that I have.

B.o.B – So Good (0:00 – 0:19)

For this song, I must admit that I am copying the walk-up song of Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Szczur (pronounced Caesar). It was his walk-up song with the Smokies last season and for the longest time, I had no idea who the artist was. I just think it’s quite catchy and fun to listen to.

Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine (0:00 – 0:32)

As a kid growing up, my Dad always had Bon Jovi on in the car, specifically the Cross Road album. It wasn’t until high school that I really started to enjoy this song. My friends and I actually used to make fun of the video. So much hair from all members of Bon Jovi. I just think that the goofy intro would be a great walk-up song. Plus, Jon Bon Jovi has some sexy hair (and apparently started the “duck face.”)

Dropkick Murhpys – I’m Shipping Up to Boston (0:00 – 0:44)

Ah yes, the classic Boston Red Sox song. For the same reasons why Bostonians love it, I love it. This song is a classic anthem and just makes me want to get into a fight, so why not get into a fight with a 95 mph fastball and take it to opposite field over the left field fence.

ENTRANCE SONG

Glass Shatters – Disturbed (This has to be the instrumental version though) [0:00 – 1:00]

Most people may know this song as Stone Cold Steve Austin’s entrance song as a part of the WWF. Simply put, I think the instrumental version is badass and would instill fear in a hitter when I came out to pitch with this on throughout the stadium.

There you have it, my top four walk-up songs and my entrance song. I might just make a playlist on my iPod so I can walk around town listening to these. Actually, that’s why I am going to do. Brilliant idea.

I’m curious as to which songs you’d choose for your walk-up or entrance songs. Tweet me with your choices! My Twitter handle is @hamsterjockey.

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