“Music makes the people come together”
Our music choices, fairly or not, often tend to define us. If you’re on a first date with somebody and find out his or her favorite song is “Hey Soul Sister” by Train, that says a lot about them. If you go on a second date with that person, it says a lot about you.
Music is a big part of this blog, from the barrage of Bruce Springsteen references to the elucidating and illuminating three-word music review segments (and, come to think of it, we’re overdue for one of those).
But nothing musical resonates with baseball fans quite like the at-bat choices of their favorite players. They are, after all, a window into the player’s personality (or lack thereof). A window that really wasn’t available to us until, if I recall correctly, the mid-90s, when at-bat tunes first came in vogue.
Back in the ‘80s, when I was a mere lad worshiping at the altar of Cory Snyder, I had no idea what music he was listening to (the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, perhaps?). This information might have provided me with a deeper connection to Snyder just before he ripped a home run in the Indians’ 6-1 loss or struck out swinging in their 6-0 loss (it was always one or the other).
Thankfully, you don’t have to be left to wonder. Here, once again, is the official list of at-bat and entrance tunes for your 2011 Cleveland Indians, with a hat tip to in-game entertainment manager Annie Merovich for once again providing the details.
And please note that the active players not listed here did not give the Indians a preference and therefore have their music selected for them.
Michael Brantley: “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco
Travis Buck: “The Game” by Motorhead
Asdrubal Cabrera: “Bachata en Fukuoka” by Juan Luis Guerra, “Super Estrella” by Fuego featuring Omega, “A beber” by Don Miguelo or “No Me Corras Cantinero” by Vitico Castillo
Orlando Cabrera: “Power” by Kanye West
Shin-Soo Choo: “Blowin’ Money Fast” by Rick Ross or “Ice Cream Paint Job” by Dorrough
Shelley Duncan: “Bombtrack” by Rage Against the Machine, “Fuel” by Metallica or “The Stroke” by Billy Squier (seriously, how awesome is Shelley Duncan?)
Adam Everett: “Lose My Soul” by Toby Mac
Travis Hafner: “Heirate Mich” by Rammstein, “Wohlt Ihr Das Bett” by Rammstein, “Feir Frei” by Rammstein, “Keine Lust” by Rammstein or “Du Hast” by… you guessed it… Rammstein.
Jack Hannahan: “Kiss Me I’m Irish” by Gaelic Storm or “Untouchable” by John Cena
Frank Herrmann: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, “Back to the Hotel” by N2Deep or “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
Austin Kearns: “Some Girls Do” by Sawyer Brown
Matt LaPorta: “Mountain Music” by Alabama, “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles or “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
Justin Masterson: “Rebirth” is the song listed, though I’m not sure who the artist is. I know local product Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has a tune by that name, though that doesn’t seem to be Masterson’s style. (UPDATE: It is the contention of a couple commenters that the song Masterson enters to is “Rebirthing” by Skillet.)
Chris Perez: “Firestarter” by Prodigy (though this was a last-minute switch from “Scream” by Avenged Sevenfold)
Vinnie Pestano: “Monster” by Skillet, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions or “The Game” by Motorhead
Carlos Santana: “Chambonea” by Omega or “No Te Hagas” by El Personal
Grady Sizemore: “The Show Is About to Begin” by Black Rebel Motorcyle Club
Tony Sipp: “Hometown Hero” by Big K.R.I.T.
Mitch Talbot: He simply listed, “Anything country.”
Josh Tomlin: “Good to Go” by Jason Aldean, “Country Boy” by Aaron Lewis or “Lay ‘Em Down” by Need to Breathe