Baseball players have the luxury of selecting their own music to bring some personality to the game as well as pump them up. Some players have branded themselves with epic soundtracks to enhance their game such as Trevor Hoffman with the ringing of AC/DC’s Hells Bells or Metallica’s Enter Sandman that echoes throughout Yankee Stadium and strikes fear in every batter when Mariano Rivera enters the game. Most will select a song that will rouse them like Black Sabbath or Jay-Z, but then there are MLB players with rather odd choices for their walk-up song, such as the following 15 players.
15.) Matt Holiday – “Holiday” by Madonna
I guess we can give Holiday a pass on this one.
14.) Adam LaRoche – “You’re the Best Around” by John Esposito
Apparently Adam LaRoche is a big Karate Kid fan. Sweep the leg.
13.) Takashi Saito – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
The Beatles are always a solid choice for any occasion, but their catalog has so many more upbeat hits.
12.) Michael Myers – “Halloween Theme”
Kudos to Michael Myers the relief pitcher for embracing his unfortunate name. Shame on Michael Myers’ parents for naming him after an maniac serial killer.
11.) Brad Hawpe- “Rockstar” by Nickelback
Generic, prepackaged try-to-be rock music just makes me ill.
10.) A.J. Pierzynski – “Bullets” by Creed
See Brad Hawpe
9.) Chris Iannetta – “I Can’t Dance” by Genesis
I’m more of a fan of Phil Collins’ solo work, where he could have picked “In The Air Tonight” and the entire stadium could have air drummed when the song kicks in.
8.) Ichiro – “Super Mario Bros Theme”
Ichiro played most of his career on the Seattle Mariners who are owned by Nintendo, so I see nothing wrong with brown-nosing your boss a little.
7.) Brian Barton – “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
I have no problem with Barton selecting a song by the great Sam Cooke, but “A Change Is Gonna Come” is painfully slow. I would have went with “Twistin’ The Night Away.”
6.) Troy Tulowitzki, Nick Johnson, and Cameron Maybin – “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus
All the players have various reasons for their odd song selection. Johnson picked it for his 4-year-old daughter, Tulowitzki says that he chose it for his younger fans, and Maybin said he used it “for laughs.”
5.) Cliff Floyd – “The Streetbeater” AKA “Sandford & Son Theme” by Quincy Jones
Who doesn’t love Redd Foxx?
4.) Trevor Cahill – “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
One word – drugs.
3.) Mark Teahan – “Baby” by Justin Bieber
It’s hard to argue against the ever so talented brainchild, Justin Bierber who created life-changing lyrics such as, “And I was like baby, baby, baby, oh.”
2.) Bryce Harper – “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber
See Mark Teahan.
1.) Prince Fielder – “Requiem” by Mozart
I actually really like Mozart’s song from 1791, it’s very epic-sounding, much like a movie soundtrack.