Recently we identified perfect walk-up songs for MLB legends of the past. Well this is reality, baby, 11 players in MLB today who've chosen great or somewhat odd music to sound throughout the stadium as they prepare to take a cut.
Steven Souza Jr. (Rays): Quad City DJ's "Space Jam"
Come on and slam and welcome to the jam! Souza Jr. combines peak nostalgia with relevant lyrics for batting. The 28-year-old is so far slashing a career best .277/.377/.445 and we suspect his walk-up track for this season has everything to do with it.
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Justin Turner (Dodgers): Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
Turner sports a quintessential baseball beard, a red one, and he pays homage to another redheaded talent with Ed Sheeran's popular '17 track. Also he just digs pop music, having used Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in '13. Sheeran is a big improvement.
Ronald Torreyes (Yankees): Skee-Lo "I Wish"
Points for honesty and comedy from the Yanks infielder who's used the hugely popular 1995 hit from 5-foot-8 rapper Skee-Lo. That's the same height as Torreyes, who's pictured above standing next to the 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge.
I was a little bit taller I wish I was a baller I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat And a six four Impala
Jay Bruce (Mets): Jay-Z "Public Service Announcement"
After a dreadful performance in the second half of '16 after the Mets acquired Bruce in hopes of jolting their batting order, Bruce has found his stroke again in '17 (10 homers so far, .591 slugging). "Allow me to re-introduce myself" from Brooklyn's Jay-Z is the perfect anthem for Bruce's bounceback. (CC Sabathia, Troy Tulowitzki and Jon Jay have also used the track.)
Austin Hedges (Padres): George Michael “Careless Whisper”
Adam Frazier (Pirates): Creedence Clearwater Revival “Born on the Bayou”
CCR is a phenomenal music talent and "Born on the Bayou" is one of their most recognizable songs, evoking a Southern vibe. Frazier is a Southern guy born in Georgia who attended Mississippi State, so it fits his heritage.
Jaff Decker (Athletics): Sublime “Doin’ Time”
Decker is actually doing time in the minor leagues right now after getting designated for assigment, but hopefully he'll be back up around July so we can hear some more of Sublime's summertime track.
Noah Syndergaard (Mets): AC/DC "Thunderstruck"
He's one of the best hitting pitchers in the league. Unfortunatley he's on the shelf with a lat injury, still Thor's song deserves recognition because it's simply perfect. He's fully embraced his identity as the Norse god of thunder and has crushed four career homers to prove it.
Andrew Toles (Dodgers): Kendrick Lamar "DNA"
It's a 2017 track from one of the best rappers in the game and it gets the juices flowing. No gimmicks, just a great way for Toles to get his mind right before facing 97-mile-per-hour heaters.
Aaron Hicks (Yankees): Mark Morrison "Return of the Mack"
Hicks is off to a roaring start in '17, slashing .338/.462/.635 with six dingers in 74 at-bats. So I'm back up in the game/Running things to keep my swing. Keep crushing it, Hicks.