Sure you can go through this awesomely compiled list of entrance music for Major League baseball players and make fun of some of the horrible choices (Nickelback? Backstreet Boys?! Vengaboys?!?), or you can criticize their lack of creativity (“This Is Why I’m Hot” comes up like eight zillion times). Or, you can give props to the apparently small minority of major leaguers with some good musical taste.
I’ve never heard of Peter De Santis of the New York Yankees (which is somewhat surprising because I’m a Yankee fan) but his choices of “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath and “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes are inspired. Fellow Yankee Shelley Duncan is also a fan of “Icky Thump” apparently, which offsets the horrible music of teammate Johnny Damon.
Black Sabbath – War Pigs
White Stripes – Icky Thump
Boston reliever Brendan Donnelly, the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, Atlanta’s John Smoltz and Seattle’s J.J. Putz all go with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, which I have long thought would make a great entrance music for a closer and as an added bonus, is way less played out than grossly overplayed “Hells Bells.”
Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Freel goes with the curious Suzanne Vega pick, but gets props for choosing something different.
Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
The Tiger’s Curtis Granderson obviously has a penchant for early 1990s West Cost rap, and really, who can blame him?
Tupac ft. Snoop Dogg – 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
The Mets’ Aaron Heilman, is perhaps unaware that he plays in New York, not London:
The Clash- London Calling
But more importantly, Heilman has a fever and there is only one cure:
Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Shane Victorino is from Hawaii, and must love that Maui Wowee:
Damien Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
However, the Mariner’s Raul Ibanez might be the winner here:
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
De La Soul – Me, Myself and I
Something you want to tell us, Grady Sizemore?
The Doors – Back Door Man
Finally, though I never seriously entertained the thought that I could make the major leagues way back in my little league days, my choice for entrance music has been firmly implanted in my brain for a while:
Mason Williams – Classical Gas