“Too high or too low, there ain’t no in-betweens”

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

On Twitter: @Castrovince

Growing up, I was a big Billy Joel fan. And in a related development, I was made fun of quite a bit — moreso, even, than the present day.

Anyway, I distinctly remember Opening Day in the Euclid Boys’ League in 1990, when me and my teammates on the Action Auto Body Astros — the class of the 9- and 10-year-old division — took the field in Memorial Park, with tunes — glorious, galvanizing tunes — blaring from the press box speakers. It all felt so professional. This was the first — and, as it would turn out, last — time the dude running the scoreboard would go the extra mile and play some songs between innings. And so, when I came to bat to lead off the second, a song greeted me as I stepped to the plate.

And that song just so happened to be “I Go To Extremes” by Billy Joel, a sweet cut off the Storm Front cassette (yes, cassette, of course).

Now, I’m not saying that if I had the opportunity to choose my tune at that point that I would have necessarily gone with “I Go To Extremes.” But I’d say it’s a safe bet I probably would have dropped some Billy Joel on the crowd. Maybe “Only The Good Die Young,” which would have taken on added prominence and profoundness if the opposing pitcher beaned me in the head and I fell to the turf, or “You May Be Right,” with that opening sound of glass shattering a fitting accompaniment to my ensuing foul ball (because Lord knows I didn’t hit many fair ones).

But “I Go To Extremes” would have been just as appropriate a selection as any, and so its placement at this point in the program caught me by pleasant surprise. I think I might have even been inspired enough to rip a base hit, though I’d have to check Baseball Reference to find out for sure.

The point is that music moves us, takes us to higher ground, and that’s why at-bat music has become such a blaring presence at your local big league ballpark.

And as has become tradition here at CastroTurf, I am here to share with you the list of songs the 2012 Cleveland Indians have selected for the speakers when they step into the batter’s box or on the mound.

Thanks, as always, to scoreboard operations manager Annie Merovich for the list. Note that active players not listed here simply instructed the scoreboard crew to play whatever they want.

Michael Brantley: “Hustlaz Ambition” by Young Jeezy, “Wherever I May Roam” by Metallica.

Asdrubal Cabrera: “Super Estrella” by Don Miguelo, “Bachata en Fukuoka” by Juan Luis Gerra, “Hasta Abajo” by Don Omar.

Lonnie Chisenhall: “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne.

Shin-Soo Choo: “International Love” by Pitbull.

Aaron Cunningham: “Bright Side of Life” by Rebelution.

Jason Donald: “Get On” by Third Day, “Ain’t Talking About Love” by Van Halen (NOTE: Hey, I’m all for switching things up, but Donald used to come up to “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Stones. This is a downgrade).

Shelley Duncan: “Dragula” by Rob Zombie.

Travis Hafner: “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickleback (NOTE: Really, Pronk? Really?), “The Game” by Motorhead, and Brock Lesnar’s intro song from WWE. (Yes, folks, this is the first time Hafner is coming to the plate to anything other than Rammstein).

Nick Hagadone: “The Night” by Disturbed.

Jack Hannahan: “Just Can’t Get Enough” by the Black Eyed Peas, “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco, “Untouchables” by John Cena, and, of course, an Irish jig.

Roberto Heredia (formerly Fausto): “Stronger” by Kanye West.

Ubaldo Jimenez: “Rie y Llora” by Celia Cruz, “Run This Town” by Jay-Z with Rihanna and Kanye West.

Jason Kipnis: “Sweet Child of Mine (remix version)” by Guns ‘N Roses, “L’Amour” by Bingo Players.

Casey Kotchman: All that’s listed for Kotchman is “silence.” Now, perhaps that refers to some band or song named “Silence” of which I’m not aware. Or maybe Kotchman really just wants a little peace and quiet when he comes to the plate. But he used to come up to “Till I Collapse” by Eminem, and he’s currently hitting .140. So silence works just as well. UPDATE: Kotchman has updated his entrance music to “Boom” by Snoop Dog, featuring T-Pain.

Derek Lowe: “Turn the Page” by Metallica.

Lou Marson: “All Mixed Up” by 311, “She’s An Easy Lover” by Phil Collins (NOTE: Yes!), “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen.

Justin Masterson: “Bingo” by Still Trill Christians.

Chris Perez: “Firestarter” by The Prodigy.

Rafael Perez: “Scoreboard’s choice.” And as readers of this blog should know, that choice ought to be silence.

Vinnie Pestano: “Welcome Home” by Coheed and Cambria, “No More Sorrow” by Linkin Park.

Cord Phelps: “It’s A Long Way To The Top” by AC/DC.

Carlos Santana: All it says here is “Spanish songs.” He used to come up to “Chambonea” by Omega.

Tony Sipp: “Man On Fire” by Big K.R.I.T.

Grady Sizemore: “John” by Lil Wayne.

Joe Smith: “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean.

Josh Tomlin: “I Use What I Got” by Jason Aldean, “Good to Go” by Jason Aldean, “Runnin’ Down A Dream” by Tom Petty.

Dan Wheeler: He’ll come out to “any classic rock,” thank you.

Also worth noting:

When the Indians win, the scoreboard blares “Cleveland Rocks” by Presidents of the USA, “My Town” by Michael Stanley, “Again Tonight” by John Mellencamp, “I Love This Town” by Jon Bon Jovi or “When It’s Over” by Sugar Ray. After daytime wins, Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” is added, and after night wins, it’s “Rock & Roll All Night” by Kiss.

When the Indians lose, it’s “Lost” by Coldplay or “Just One Victory” by Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.

And sadly, nobody uses “I Go To Extremes.”

~AC

18 Comments

Lou Marson is my new favorite Cleveland Indian!

Why is The Chronicle-Telegram not listed in the fish wrap section? Hurts

Because it’s so much more than a fish wrap to me.

Nice variety of songs by My Tribe. Still Luvin it that “Laser Lou” brought back ‘Easy Lover’ this Year! Thanks 4 the blog Castrovince:)

Jack Hannahan needs to come up to “Death To My Hometown”

Get over it, AC, Burn It To The Ground is an outstanding pump-up song. Don’t hate because it’s trendy. Also, Kipnis wins the category.

Hanny doesn’t come out to just any Irish jig. He digs Gaelic Storm — Kiss Me I’m Irish. Go to 3:51 here: http://youtu.be/ZDR2jT-UX-c

There is absolutely nothing wrong with rocking the Billy Joel. I also grew up as a Billy Joel fan, thanks to my mom (and you and I are pretty much the same age, as I was 10 in 1990), and I know every word on Storm Front (which I also had on cassette until I finally got a car with a CD player sometime around 2002).

What a fun list, though! Some of these guys have good taste.

All 3 of Pronk’s songs are WWE staples. Burn it to the ground is what they play to kickoff Monday Night Raw, The Game is Triple H’s entrance and you’ve already got Lesnar nailed.

If he needs to envision himself hitting the ball with a steel chair to play this well, I’m totally cool with it.

Bring back Rammstein dammit Pronk, you got me hooked on them.

What’s Jose Lopez’s song?!?!? :)

“Ai Se Eu Te Pego” by Michel Telo

Anyone able to shed some light on Santana’s new walk up songs. I’ve tried to tag them on Shazam but without any luck.

Need some updates like Kipnis changing to Reptile’s Theme by Skrillex. Some other songs include Genesis by Justice which is played during the Indian’s starting lineup video and songs in between the pitcher’s song include Me and You by Nero (the are you ready song) and Breaking a Sweat by Skrillex.

sitting at the game the other day, my husband and i noted that the players with the “bad ass” songs seem to do better than the ones who have sissy songs…perhaps a change boys?

ps chris thank you so much for the updated music ive been looking everywhere for those songs!!

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