Correct me if I’m wrong, but baseball is the only sport where each individual on a team is introduced to the game by a song of his choice. I’ve really tried to think of other instances, but can’t seem think of any.
For those who haven’t experienced it, it’s a pretty powerful moment. Everyone knows Trevor Hoffman’s “Hell’s Bells” by ACDC. His strut in from the bullpen wouldn’t be the same without it. Or what about Rick Vaughn in Major League? His “Wild Thing” entrance totally defined his character in the movie. There is nothing like a bada** walkup song to pump the crowd, the team, and, maybe most importantly, yourself up.
Throughout my career I’ve heard some different opinions on the songs I have chosen. Sometimes I’ll get to first base and the first baseman will say, “Wow. That’s a rad song. Who is that?” Buuuuuttttt sometimes I’ll get the opposite. “Are you serious with that song? Clean it up.” You see, I’ve never wanted to have the same walkup song as someone else in the league. Being unoriginal is just not my thing. With that being said, lets just say the songs I have chosen aren’t your run of the mill, average walk ups.
Here is a list of my walk up songs, dating back to my first pro year in Elizabethton, Tennessee:
2004 Elizabethton : “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin
2005 Beloit: “Greatest Hits” by Sublime
2006 Fort Myers: “Any Colour You Like” by Pink Floyd (by far the most controversial)
2007 New Britain: “Calm Like A Bomb” by Rage Against the Machine
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West
2008 New Britain: “The Lemon Song” by Led Zeppelin
2008 Rochester: “Doin’ 78″ by The Soundbakery (my friend Rob Duran’s Production Label)
As you can see, I’ve had some pretty unique songs. The Kanye West song was kind of a spur of the moment decision, and didn’t last long.
Check this Pink Floyd song out. You’ll probably understand why it was the most controversial right away. It’s a great tune from Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album.
I’m still deciding on what this year’s song will be. My lifelong friend Rob has some stuff in the works for me, so it may be something from him. Here is the track that he made that I used in Rochester last year.
I’m definitely interested in what other people would use as their walk up song. Get back to me and share what you think yours would be.
That’s all for now. Next time I’m going to tackle the “Unwritten Rules of Baseball”, with special emphasis on the “Clubhouse Music” rule.
Hope to hear back about your songs. See ya, Trevor.