Those familiar with this prestigious baseball blog are probably aware of this writer’s love of silly baseball things like bobbleheads, bat-retrieving Retrievers, and of course, walk-up songs. Let us focus today on the third thing.
You see, the walk-up song is beautiful for several reasons. First of all, it helps break up some of the monotony of ballpark sounds. Do not get me wrong, I love ballpark sounds. Put that on a white noise machine and I would use that to fall asleep in sweet, undisturbed bliss every night. But that is the thing: I do not want to fall asleep when I am watching baseball. Little bursts of music help energize the crowd and get them back in the game. It is necessary.
The second reason walk-up songs are the jam is that they pump up the players. Sometimes players need some help getting hyped or maybe they need help calming their nerves. Either way, the walk-up song is that last bit of concentration personalized for them alone. Players like it and I like the players.
The third and most important reason why I love walk-up songs is simple: it is the easiest way to understand the personality of the player. Is the walk-up song Siltenó’s “Watch Me”? Is it George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”? Is it classic rock or an old school country track? This choice is important and that is why we must take the upmost care to give Cardinals centerfielder Dexter Fowler our best advice when it comes to this serious matter.
My walk-out music helps get me in the mood to bang (baseballs) anyone have any suggestions for this year ?— Dexter Fowler #25 (@DexterFowler) March 29, 2018
Because of the importance of this decision, I have spared nothing and offered suggestions from my personal list of walk-up songs should I ever make the majors (one day, folks, one day). I was saving these for myself, but for Dex, anything.
“Voodoo Child” - Jimi Hendrix
Could Dexter use the Stevie Ray Vaughn version? Of course, and that would be sick as well. I just prefer Jimi. Of course, there are only a few seconds to be used anyway, and you know I am going to use them on that opening riff.
“Pony” - Ginuwine
Again, with this song it is all about the opening beat. A good walk-up song not only displays one’s personality - and this shows that the player is fun, cool, and sexy, obviously - but it also is instantly recognizable in the few seconds it plays. This song has It. It is crucial. It is my go-to karaoke song for a reason.
“X Gon’ Give It To Ya” - DMX
This song I picked out especially for Dexter Fowler. Not only does it have the recognizable beat, but it also serves as a great hype up song. Plus, in his head Dexter could say “Dex gon’ give it to ya”. It is perfect. I want this to be what he chooses now.
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