Walk Up Music Adds Flavor, Character to Baseball Games

My favorite part of sporting events is, of course, the music. I’m not saying I always like what is selected, but I find it exciting to see which songs end up being played and what part of the event they are being used to enhance.

To me, the most fun is the walk up music. I’m sure anyone at an Orioles game notices that each player walks out to a different song, selected to be played as they walk from the on deck circle into the batter’s box. You can learn a little bit about each player and their approach based on their song choice. Sometimes a song is selected to look “cool,” or to help the batter intimidate the pitcher, or for a relief pitcher to intimidate the opposing lineup as they are brought in to the game. Other times, maybe the choice is made just to get the crowd going or because that particular song just happens to be the player’s personal favorite.

Here is a look at the Orioles starting line-up’s “walk up” music:

Nate McLouth – “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister
Manny Machado – “Otis” By Watch The Throne (Jay Z & Kanye West)
Nick Markakis – “Deliverence” By Bubba Sparxxx
Adam Jones – “Show Out” by Juicy J Feat. Big Sean and Young Jeezy
Chris Davis – “I Get Wicked” by Thousand Foot Krutch
Matt Wieters – “Barefoot Blue Jean” by Jake Owen
J.J. Hardy – “Flower” by Moby
Ryan Flaherty – “Wild Rover” By Dropkick Murphys
Alexi Casilla – “Si No Le Contesto” By Plan B Feat. Tony Dize, Zion & Lennox

I thought it would be fun to ask the Rams Head team what their “walk up” song would be and why. Ladies and Gentleman, the starting line-up for your Rams Head Rams:

Royal Bundy (Tavern Marketing) -“Black Betty” – Ram Jam
Royal says “My walk up song would be “Black Betty” by Ram Jam because I would ‘bam-a-lam’ every ball. Plus, if anyone has ever played the Black Betty drinking game, everyone in the stadium would be waiting for me in the lineup.”

Travis Young (Designer) – “Long Kiss Goodnight” – The Notorious B.I.G.
Travis says “The song samples an Al Green song and has an extended intro where the beat gets cooler and cooler while they ramble trash talk. It would have to be edited of course & I would have to pimp walk every time I came up to bat, but I think that would be okay.”

Laura Price (On Stage Marketing) -“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
Laura says “I think this is the ultimate “challenge” song, although I’m not sure it would intimidate the other players. Did you know that (according to Wikipedia) it was actually written at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”?

Brandon Linton (Live & Pier 6 Marketing) – “My Hero” By Foo Fighters
Brandon says “That drum intro into the build up to the main guitar riff of the song makes for the perfect walk up music. And then there are the lyrics, “There goes my hero..,” so I guess I’d have to be pretty good as well. The beginning of this song amps me . When I hear it,  I’m ready to crank a 445 ft. home run or sack the quarterback or.. utilize effective, creative concepts to sell concert tickets. (Back to reality ) I guess coming up to a song with the word “Hero” in it is a little bit of an ego-trip, but every great ballplayer needs confidence.”

Boo Valdez (Talent Buyer) – “Make it bun dem” Skrillex feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

What would YOUR walk up music be?

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