Walk Up Songs

       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.

34 Comments

Let me ask a dumb question – do you need to change the song every year?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Plouffe – I know the WGOM love’s your updates. Keep em comming. What you need to do is change people’s songs. Lets see . . . have Dustin Martin walk into some Beyonce or really go for the gold and ahve D. Young walk into I’m just a girl. Either way.

My brother would love your Led Zeppelin choices. I think he may be their biggest fan.
I would love to see someone use Sexyback by Justin Timberlake as their walkup song. It would be hilarious.
I think mine would be “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolph. It just gets me going.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Plouffe!
Does your friend have a cd out? I’d love to hear more of his music and/or your walk-up material.
I’d definitely want a song with some attitude or uniqueness… Not my favorite song, but I’d pick Apocalyptica’s “I Don’t Care,” or Dre’s “Forgot About Dre.”
You’ve a unique sense of blog humor I enjoy. Thanks man.

Trevor-
It was great to see ya play a little this past week! Looking forward to what all you can do this season! As for my walk up song- I would have to say “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly. It’s just one of those that gets me in a great mood! I listen to it almost every morning to get ready for the day!
Keep up the good stuff!
~~Kristi

Those are some pretty sweet songs you have used so far. That always seemed like one of the coolest things you got to do as a baseball player. Zep and Floyd are always classic, you should throw in some Doors to round off your classic rock. Also metal is a great way to stand out on your trip to the plate. Quick question what was so controversial about Any Colour You Like? Keep up the good work, looking forward to watching you in the pros.

A few of my ideas:

Atmosphere – One of a Kind (cued at 0:11) => Style points for picking a Minnesota group
Atmopshere – Trying to find a balance
Atmosphere – The Arrival
Incubus – Under my Umbrella
Pearl Jam – Brain of J (cued at 0:17)
A Perfect Circle – The Hollow
RHCP – Get on Top
RHCP – Readymade
Sevendust – Black
Tool – Stinkfist (cued at 0:14)
Tool – Jambi
Tantric – Breakdown
The Vines – Get Free

Coldplay – Yellow (this will make the pitcher underestimate you, hence lots of 70mph meatballs)

A friend of mine likes to use for his walk up song “Rainy days and Mondays” from the Carpenters. LOL…

Here are a couple of good suggestions, “Vehicle” from Ides of March and “ThunderIsland” from Jay Ferguson.

Later Bro…Keep Swinging.

I’m a little shocked to read that you haven’t used “Immigrant Song” for your walk-up music, but perhaps that’s overplayed. What about “The Wanton Song”?

Is there anyone in pro ball that uses the song “Stranglehold” by Ted Nuggent? Might be a good one for a closer.

If I could suggest a song for Morneau, I’d have to recommend “Shake A Leg” by AC/DC. Eventually he’ll have to pick it.

Well looking at the songs that you have used in the past here are a few suggestions,

Holy Diver by Killswitch Engaged
Kill a Man by Rage against the Machine
Inside the Fire by Disturbed from the evil laugh on

hope you can use the info to good use

smf2@uwm.edu has a good point – Any song by Atmosphere or Brother Ali would be a pretty good way to turn into a fan favorite here in MN.

That or one of the many weird as $%^% Prince songs. I probably wouldn’t dig it but many of the older folks may.

Actually, this might be a good tip for Delmon – I don’t know what he’s been using for a walk-up song but people here seem to be kind of on the fence about him just because of the bat-flip and because we gave up an awfully good pitcher to get him.

But I suppose most people are going to change their minds on Delmon when he hits .290 with 28 HR this year anyway.

I would use Single Ladies by Beyoncé, but there’s no way I’d ever go stand in a batter’s box while pitchers fire balls at me at 90 mph so I guess it doesn’t matter.
I got to watch you play this spring training and was really impressed. Good luck this year and hopefully you make it up to the big leagues soon!

I Got Loaded – Los Lobos (used in the rainout scene in Bull Durham)

Helter Skelter – The Beatles (would have the same “he’s crazy!” effect as Wild Thing)

I’m sure you’ve heard of Atmosphere already, if one of those gets you going, use it. It’ll be good for the crowd (fans hopefully), team, and more importantly yourself. That’s a win, win, win. Otherwise you seem to be picking good songs with out any outside input…

Can’t go wrong with classic rock like Zeppelin and Floyd. When I played sports in high school, I had a particular mix CD I’d listen to before the game. If I was picking a walk-up song, I’d take the last track from that CD which was always my last song before heading out to the field: The End is the Beginning is the End by Smashing Pumpkins (from the Batman & Robin soundtrack). I found the heavy distorted guitar sound conducive to getting pumped.

Great post. I love the variety of walkup songs. A lineup might have song snippets from four different decades. Familiar is good, but original is a treat because fans might hear an artist/song for the first time. I didn’t know about Reggaeton music until I heard Yadier Molina’s walkup song, and thought, “That’s cool. What is it?”. That launched this Caribbean music phase that I can’t seem to shake.
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

If you don’t know the songs already, give “Working Man” or “Tom Sawyer” by the Canadian alt. rock band, Rush. If you are a Floyd fan, I thought there might be a chance you’d be into them. Anyway, good luck witht he song selection and keep up with the individuality!

Plouffe! Thanks for posting on this topic. Walk-up songs are actually something I notice quite a bit at ballgames. Love hearing the reggaeton tunes the Latin dudes have.

What I’d love to hear more of is “local” music. There are dozens, nay hundreds of Minnesota bands (both past and present) that have songs that would be great. It’d be a nice way to connect you to fans. 99% of the folks wouldn’t notice. But those that do notice would *immediately* stand up and pay attention. So go local is my vote.

Atmosphere
Down and Above
All The Way Rider
P.O.S.
Replacements
Prince
Harvest
Seconds Before
Colfax Abbey
Dallas Orbiter

Just to name a few…

Also, next time you see Nicky Punto, shake his hand for me. Anyone who can use New Order as walk-up music (as he did for at least part of last season) has b@lls of steel. Fantastic!

Trevor,

I’ve always wanted to walk up to the plate to my own song, but never got to a level playing baseball that offered that as an option. That is why I am living through you. If I had to choose one right now, it would be a song called “North Americans” by LCD Soundsystem. The lyrics are questionable, but it’s not the lyrics that would get you ready to hit. If you can find the funky beat right after the chorus and play that for about 10 seconds, I guarantee you will be ready to hit! It’s good lifting music also. Good luck with the music choice…and your baseball career, of course.

Great post!
My all-time choice would be “I need a lover” by John Mellencamp. Not for the song so much as the awesome intro. It’s long; it’s piano-y and guitar-y, and it really has nothing to do with the rest of the song. I also used it as a theme song to a TV show I produced in college.

Second: “The Distance” by Cake. Yes, indeed, it’s a satire of corporate America, but it sort of makes sense for a professional batter, “He’s going the distance… he’s going for speed… Yah!”?

If you’re going for fast-paced irony, how about some Reel Big Fish… Everything sucks? Beer (the theme of the Milwaukee Beers in Baseketball)? Awesome (it’s got a great opening, too)? Sell out?

Hey Trevor,

Big fans in Oregon! All-star game is in Portland we hope you make it!! MItch says you should use Funky Cold Medina for your song!

Misty Mountain Hop is a good one, and I’m a fan of DSOTM as well … it’s too bad that an instrumental has to be considered ‘controversial.’ Hearing some classic rock mixed in with the all-too common rap is a nice break. I’ll be looking forward to watching you play in Rochester again this year!

Misty Mountain Hop is a good one, and I’m a fan of DSOTM as well … it’s too bad that an instrumental has to be considered ‘controversial.’ Hearing some classic rock mixed in with the all-too common rap is a nice break. I’ll be looking forward to watching you play in Rochester again this year!

I’m a 14 year old from Rochester, NY and hope to see you play well this season. Good Luck
Ben

I’m not sure if you’re into this kind of music, but a great song to walk up to that will get you and the crowd going is “What’s Golden” by Jurassic 5. The first part of it when it’s just the beat is the best.

I’m not sure if you’re into this kind of music, but a great song to walk up to that will get you and the crowd going is “What’s Golden” by Jurassic 5. The first part of it when it’s just the beat is the best.

Trev,

These boots are made for walking? I don’t know about that one…but “Plouffe There it is” was nice.

Keep droppin Plouffe’s On Em!

-Your Third Base Fans
“Plouffe on em Trevor!!”
(soon moving to first for in between inning chatting).

hmmm…

You may be right by billy joel, Bad by michael jackson, Lets get rocked by def leppard, Bang your head by quiet riot…thinking of at bat songs is kind of addicting…

Wanna hit a home run? “Bulls on Parade.”

Wanna strike out weeping? “In the Arms of the Angel.”

Anything Floyd would RULE…even just the intro for DSOTM with that pounding heartbeat would be rockin’. How about Run Like Hell?

Dude, this year you should definately have this song:

Silhouette by Thrice

Walking out to that beginning would make you one B.A.M.F.

Whats up Trevor. I just came across your blog and this is definitely a topic I spent months thinking about. I think I have my final intro that I really like.

Hopefully I see you in the big leagues some day ;-)

-Sean Plouffe

Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1D9wWxd2w

Throw in some “BLACK KEYS” that would so pump up the crowd and yourself. Maybe “your touch”….

want a great pump up song?
The War by Angels and Airwaves…that will definitely get everyone psyched.
also, i’m more of a pop person myself, but
Magic by B.o.B. would be another pretty good one.

love seein you play at Target Field! keep it up, man!
i’m in the process of making another shirt to hopefully bring to opening day ’11 so you better be there :)

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