“Music makes the people come together”

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

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

~AC

26 Comments

Just when I thought I couldn’t like him any more, I find out that Hannahan picked “Kiss Me I’m Irish” by Gaelic Storm as his at bat song…

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Hey, Anthony, I’d be willing to bet that Masterson’s “Rebirth” is actually “Rebirthing” by Skillet. Give that a try.

I am Captain Obvious but I want Carlos Santana to play anything from Santana – “Oye Como Va”?

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I was at the game on Friday for Masterson’s start. His music is indeed “Rebirthing” by the band Skillet.

Chop only comes out to the song with Shoulder Lean in it. Its the only song he has ever come out to since joining the Tribe

Actually Choo did change it recently. My friend and I have joked for a few years about how he needs a new NON-Shoulder Lean song. Then we noticed on Friday night that it was indeed different.

So only Cabrera has a good song?

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I could never figure out what song Grady came up to. I always knew it was Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but I never knew which one. It’s a B-Side from a Single, which makes me respect him so much more.

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Grady now walks up to L’il Wayne’s “If I Die Today.”

What was the song from jack hannahan’s last at bat on may 25 2011? I can’t figure it out

what is brantleys new walk up song? it sounded like young jeezy or yo gotti?

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what is luis valbuena’s at bat song?

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Is it possible to list Ezequiel Carerra’s songs? Thanks!

I’m tickled that Kosuke Fukudome’s at-bat song is “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas. I did a little researching and that was also his at-bat song when he played for the Cubs.

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