Regional Impact On Major League Walk-Up Songs?
If you were a Major League Baseball Player, what would your walk-up song be? A friend once asked me this question, and I couldn’t come up with an answer. I wanted to have the perfect song choice to describe myself and my mindset, and that’s when I realized, a player’s walk-up song choice says so much about them and who they are as a person and as a player.
Tomorrow, Tuesday October 27, marks the beginning of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. These two teams and fan-bases come from opposite mindsets and lifestyles. The New York, fast-paced, never stop moving style of living opposed to the more relaxed Midwestern lifestyle of Kansas City. Playing for the two opposite teams create an interesting question, does the city a baseball player plays for affect their walk-up choice song selection?
The top payroll earners on each team are Curtis Granderson and Alex Gordon for the Mets and Royals respectively. Granderson chooses Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw, while Gordon goes with I Mean It by G-Eazy. Gordon’s choice of I Mean It is interesting based on the geographic location of Kansas City. Being centered in Missouri, surrounded by country music on all borders, G-Eazy’s latest rap single does not seem to fit in this region. On the flip side of that, Granderson’s choice of Indian Outlaw also goes through the same thought process. New York City’s urban geographic setting places the high music demographic in the rap and hip-hop genre. It is as though these two song choices flipped the geographic location in which they are heard throughout the stadium speakers.
Let’s take a look at another player from each team: Daniel Murphy from the Mets and Eric Hosmer from the Royals. Murphy’s song choice is I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphy’s (the tune often heard on Sam Adams commercials.) The younger Hosmer chooses to walk-up hearing Hood Go Crazy by Tech Nine playing over Kauffman stadium speakers. The same case develops as we saw earlier between Granderson and Gordon. The geographic location does not play a part in these player’s song choices as they walk-up to the plate to do what they are paid to do.
The ultimate decider in a player’s song choice is the player themselves. No matter what city, state, or region they are playing in a player’s music selection will be based on what they want. They are going to choose the song that gets them in the right mindset to do what they are asked to do at the highest possible level. The player, not the city, impacts what plays over stadium speakers as each individual player steps up to the plate.