One question I get all the time is about the music played at the Stadium when the players come to bat or come into pitch.
So I asked scoreboard and sound system guru Mike Bonner for his playlist. A few highlights:
Derek Jeter: Get Up (50 Cent)
Alex Rodriguez: PSA (Jay-Z)
Johnny Damon: Handlebars (Flobots), Psychosocial (Slipknot), Bleed It Out (Linkin Park)
Nick Swisher: Save A Horse, Ride a Cowboy (Big & Rich)
Mark Teixeira: I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
Robinson Cano: Who’s Real (Jadakiss)
Phil Hughes: Cyanide (Metallica)
Phil Coke: Fuel (Metallica)
So what would be your at-bat song? Pick three.
Mine would be:
Put On (Young Jeezy and Kanye West)
Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
No Surrender (Bruce Springsteen).
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: In response to some questions, yes the players can pick their own music. For some guys (like Damon), it’s something they put a lot of thought into. Swisher, too.
Some guys change up a lot. Others — Jeter and A-Rod — pick something they like and stick with it.
One of the great ironies of baseball is that Mariano Rivera doesn’t really like Metallica or own any of their music. But the song stuck and now he’s forever linked to Enter Sandman.
As all the comments on this post prove, there is some sort of connection to baseball and music. People like singing at games, the music between innings,
Great comments and selections by you guys. Thanks.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Speaking of music, the great guitar innovator Les Paul passed away today in White Plains. I once had a chance to see Mr. Paul play at a small club and it was an amazing experience.