"The music begins to play, and you're automatically on your way"

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
It’s “Rock ‘N Blast” weekend at Progressive Field, with tonight’s and Saturday’s games against the Mariners followed by a 30-minute pyrotechnic display set to 60 popular rock songs.
But music is always a major part of the ballpark experience, which is why so many of you send me messages throughout the year asking what a particular player’s at-bat or walk-up music is. 
Well, wonder no more, as it’s time for my annual list of these tunes, courtesy of in-game entertainment manager Annie Merovich. You’ll find that the songs selected sometimes reveal quite a bit about the personality of the player. (Quite often, what’s unfortunately revealed is that the player has awful taste in music.)
Enjoy.
Michael Brantley: “I’m Back” by T.I. 
Jordan Brown: “Remedy” by Seether
Asdrubal Cabrera: “Hasta Abajo” by Don Omar
Fausto Carmona: “Stronger” by Kanye West
Shin-Soo Choo: “Shoulder Lean” by Young Dro feat. T.I.
Trevor Crowe: “Lose My Mind” by Young Jeezy
Jason Donald: “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Rolling Stones
Shelley Duncan: “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes

Chris Gimenez: “10 Ton Brick” by Hurt
Jeanmar Gomez: “Me Gusta, Me Gusta” by Elvis Crespo

Travis Hafner: “Heirate Mich” by Rammstein (he actually uses any of five Rammstein songs, but, let’s face it, they’re all pretty similar)
David Huff: “Cinderella Man” by Eminem (he used to use “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash)

Aaron Laffey: “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Matt LaPorta: “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi or “Young Forever” by Jay-Z (a surprising pick for @Gator4God)
Lou Marson: “Panama” by Van Halen
Andy Marte: “Chambonea” by Omega
Jayson Nix: “Bad Girlfriend” by Theory of a Deadman
Chris Perez: “Firestarter” by The Prodigy, “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath or “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
Rafael Perez: He left it up to the scoreboard people, who selected “Amazing” by Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy
Carlos Santana: “Chambonea” by Omega. So that’s one thing Santana has in common with Andy Marte.
Tony Sipp: “I’m Back” by T.I., “Ready or Not” by The Fugees or “Use Me” by Bill Withers
Grady Sizemore: “The Show’s About to Begin” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Joe Smith: “So Cold” by Breaking Benjamin
Josh Tomlin: “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty
Luis Valbuena: “OMG” by Usher
Also of note:
  • The Indians take the field to “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.
  • “Run This Town” by Jay-Z feat. Rihanna and Kanye West is played just before the Indians lineup is announced.
  • The following songs are played after victories: “Cleveland Rocks” by Presidents of the U.S.A., “My Town” by Michael Stanley, “Again Tonight” by John Mellencamp, “I Love This Town” by Jon Bon Jovi and “When It’s Over” by Sugar Ray.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” is played after day game victories, while Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Night” is sometimes played after night game wins.
  • Coldplay’s “Lost” or Todd Rundgren’s “Just One Victory” is played after losses.
~AC
UPDATE: Because somebody asked about Jhonny Peralta’s at-bat music, these were the songs used by the following players before they got traded last month:
Austin Kearns: “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
Jhonny Peralta: “Abusadora” by Wisin and Yandel, “Que Tengo Que Hacer” by Omega and “Cowboy” by Kid Rock
Jake Westbrook: “Train” by Three Doors Down
Kerry Wood: “Killing in the Name Of” by Rage Against the Machine

13 Comments

What was the name of Jhonny’s song this year, it had just enough salsa and kick that made it irrestible not to do a little shimmy.

Jason Donald’s use of the Stones is my favorite too. I heard it played many a times as he stepped to the plate here in Columbus, and I am glad he took it with him up to the big show.

I love that LaPorta rocks Cudi. It’s good to see at least one guy represent a local!

Would love to see one of the guys come to bat with ‘Cleveland Rocks’ by Ian Hunter blasting. Big fun for us older fans…

Those songs confirm what a bad *** Chris “Pure Rage” Perez is. That’s yo plate Chris!

Good stuff – but just one problem. It’s “The music begins to play and automatically you’re on the way” (you switched two words). Guess I’m old enough to really remember Major Lance (sophomore year at Hudson) and you’re not!

Shelley Duncan opting for Icky Thump makes my day. Go Tribe!

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I’m a little disturbed at Chris Perez’s song choices, closing games doesn’t really go well with starting fires or making people paranoid … “Panama” seems like a really odd choice for Lou Marson … I never heard the song “Lose My Mind” but it would seem to be appropriate for Crowe … Speaking of which, I think we should start referring to Crowe as “Tweek”, he reminds me a lot of Tweek from South Park

Wow… not much of a variety up there. It’s either hip hop, heavy rock, classic rock, or latin music. I guess when you play 162 baseball games per year you don’t have much time to develop creative musical tastes.

Thanks for posting this, Anthony. I used to run the music & sound effects for the AAA affiliate of the Marlins (I know, I had a crisis of conscience there) and I always find it fascinating to see what players use for their intro music.

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