Rocking The Plate

You’re standing in the on-deck circle, taking a few practice cuts and watching your teammate at the plate out of the corner of your eye.

Strike three.
Inhale. Grip tightens. Exhale.

You’re up.

36,000 of your closest friends are on hand to watch. Couple million more at home. And you haven’t made the highlight reel all week.

And there it is – that perfect song is blaring out over the loudspeakers.

Now you’re ready to do battle.

Let’s imagine for a moment that all of the Ladies… are major league baseball players. Yes, I know this would present a difficult quandary regarding whether we would ogle our own asses, forearms and eyeblack on this site (maybe we could spin off a “Gentlemen…” blog?). But the more important question is: What song would each of the Ladies… use as her at-bat music?

This is not a simple question- picking just one track to use as your theme music every single time you step up to the plate is tough. Do you go Classic Rock? Hip-Hop? Metal? I’m sure there are some pretty rockin’ hillbilly beats from Tennessee that Holly could use. (Holly’s note: Oh, you want hillbilly beats? I got your hillbilly beats RIGHT DAMN HERE.)

After some solo deliberation (using whatever criteria she chose), each Lady… submitted to me the piece of music that should play over the P.A. speakers when she stepped out of the on-deck circle and into the batter’s box. The other Ladies… haven’t even seen these yet. Take a gander at the lineup after the jump – and try and tell me this wouldn’t be an intimidating bunch to square off against at the plate.

(if you’re not seeing links to the tunes below each Lady’s part, update your browser to listen…)

TheStarterWife

It is a tough assignment, picking what song you’d want to hear if you were a Major League slugger. A song that speaks for you, that announces to the pitcher, “I am fucking here and I am about to light you up like my grandmama’s Christmas tree.” At the same time, you don’t want to scare the kids in the crowd and you need a song that makes them want to dance in their seats they are so excited to see you walk to the batter’s box. (Because really, who doesn’t like seeing grandmama’s Christmas tree get lit other than my Dad’s Jewish wife who’s mother became Catholic?)

My initial picks and thoughts -

“Sure Shot” “Shadrach” “Root Down” – The Beastie Boys (“Sure Shot” moves better in the middle, “Shadrach” has the great clapping sample at the beginning that would get the crowd moving, but “Root Down” rocks more.)

“What’s the Altitude” – Cut Chemist (Altitude could refer to what I was aiming for, but too funky and not intimidating.)

On further deliberation -

“Mas” – Kinky (need to start @ :20), “I Wanna Rock” – Twisted Sister (in an Avis commercial), “In the Evening” – Led Zeppelin (need to start @ :57 with crashing guitars), “Shake Me” – Cinderella (hairspray bad for ozone layer), “Bom Bom Bom” – Living Things (about war), “Here I Come” – Roots w/Malik B. and Dice Raw (already a Fox Sports bumper), “Axel F” – Harold Faltermeyer (Who wouldn’t want that as a theme?)

Final Pick -

Arm In Arm” – The Boggs. Sure everyone is all hyped-up on the “Shy Child Mix” that is in the GTA:IV second trailer, but the original version rocks just as hard. Fuck the kids and the dancing. When I step into the box, I want it to be loud.

The Boggs – “Arm In Arm”
Forts (2007)

SA

My pick? An upbeat song that tells you what to do. Get ready for THIS!

The Go! Team – “Grip Like A Vice”
Proof Of Youth (2007)

Texas Gal

At-bat music has three purposes: (1) let that sonuvabitch pitcher know that you’ve arrived, and he better step the hell back, (2) hype up the hometown crowd, and (3) get your head focused on knocking the tar out of the ball.

A lot of great songs are out of the running from the get-go. Songs with a bunch of cuss words can’t be used, because of the kiddies (there goes “Move, Bitch” by Ludacris and “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy). You also don’t want a track that is used in every ballpark around the country, because that’s boring (so long “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC or “Song 2″ by Blur). And some tunes are better suited to closer’s music, rather than slugger’s music (bye bye to “Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against the Machine and “Bodies” by Drowning Pool).

So what would I use? Something with a hip-hop beat, something a little dirty, something a little violent, something with some genius lyrics right out of the gate… “Lapdance” by N.E.R.D. I can get those M-F bombs bleeped out, right?

N.E.R.D. – “Lapdance”
In Search Of… (2002)

Holly

You’re sitting in a darkened movie theater. The screen goes black, and as silver letters reading “The Audience is Listening” appear on the screen, your ears are assaulted with the sonic blast that thrums with the promise of an action-packed 90 minutes of celluloid.

Now imagine it at the ballpark. The lights dim, save for a pure white spot focused on one player striding toward the plate, popping gum, not a care in the world, as a chorus of voices rise in mechanical harmony. You may not know what’s happening, but you know it’s time to pay attention.

That ass you’re watching is mine, and those voices belong to a cappella wunderkinds The Brown Derbies, singing the THX theme.

The Brown Derbies – “THX”
Nightcap (1997)

Clare

My walking-to-the-plate music has to do two things: grab the crowd’s attention and scare the pitcher into giving me stuff to hit. So the opening chords of Death From Above 1979′s “Romantic Rights” would do the job very nicely, I think

Death From Above 1979 – “Romantic Rights”
You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (2004)

GordonShumway

I’ll be honest, this question was a tough one to answer, right up there with other queries that have stumped me, like “Why don’t you have a job?”, “Do you ever fix your hair?” and “Why do you own From Justin to Kelly?” I do have a gigantic music collection but the majority of it is from 1965-1973 which explains why I’ve never slept with anyone under 40. And also why my mother cries a lot.

My favorite song of all time is “Southern Cross” by Crosby Stills & Nash and while I appreciate the poignancy of lines like “And my love is an anchor tied to you/Tied with a silver chain”, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t exactly raise the crowd’s pulse unless David Crosby was actually in attendance and threatening to show his tits and/or donate some sperm. (I’m pretty sure at this point, he gives out vials of it in lieu of handshakes, autographs, or Halloween candy).

Obviously, I was going to have to do some research. I immediately eliminated the entire Jock Jams collection because I refuse to walk to the batters’ box accompanied by music that several of my morally-deficient high school classmates could have stripped to. I’m sorry, C&C Music Factory. Blame April Cole and her month-in-residence at Gutter Ballz Strip Club and Bowling Alley.

I also discounted any song that is frequently accompanied by non-ironic devil horns, so there goes “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

Long story short, I booted the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and the Clash (for clichĂ© purposes only); anything that’s been on the soundtrack to a film rated G; any song a former boyfriend has attempted on the guitar; anything played in Abercrombie dressing rooms; any song I could’ve potentially been conceived to (this means you, Barbara Mandrell); things frequently chosen by middle managers at karaoke night; and anything turned into an instrumental and piped into Food Lion.

But, you can’t fight what you like. So I’ll be striding to the box accompanied by “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by psychedelic pioneers 13th Floor Elevators. Got that, stadium music guy? Crank that shit up. And tell your dad to call me.

13th Floor Elevators – “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)

Lady Andrea

My at-bat music would be “Back in Black“. In HS I played for an AAU team and at our home tournament one girl’s dad pulled a few strings and got us each at-bat music and that was mine. The opening strains make me feel very bad-ass as I stride to the plate. In my final at-bat of the day in that tournament, once we were in the consolation bracket, I air-guitared the opening strains with my baseball bat on the way to the plate.

AC/DC – “Back In Black”
Back In Black (1980)

Metschick

There’s always one in every bunch. The Billy Wagner of the group who can’t decide what his at-bat music should be, and so he leaves it up to his teammates to make the choice for him. This presents an excellent opportunity for the teammates- opportunity for humiliation. If you let your friends do the picking, they’re liable to pick a Backstreet Boys or Vanilla Ice song.

Metsy is our Billy Wagner- as she’s slaving away for the bar exam, and just couldn’t devote the time and energy it takes to figure her at-bat music out. She asked if we would pick it for her. WOULD WE EVER…

Texas Gal: Would teammates pick a “classic” song (like Rock ‘n’ Roll pt. 2) or would they pick something a little dorky and embarassing (like “Jump” by Kriss Kross).

Holly: If we’re going Kriss Kross, it’s gotta be “I Missed The Bus”. Then she can electric slide all the way to the plate.

Clare: Nothing can be dorkier than THE VENGABUS.
(YES, I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU, CHASE UTLEY.)

Texas Gal: Wait- hold up just a mo. Chutley uses VENGABOYS at his at-bat music?

Clare: He used to. I wish I were joking.

At UCLA and his first two years with the Phillies, he came to the plate to “We Like to Party” by the Vengaboys. His fan club in the stands called themselves “The Vengabus”.

As for Wanda, I think we should pay respect to her Dominican heritage with some seriously loud reggaeton.

Holly: THE GASOLINE SONG. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Andrea: “Milkshake” by Kelis. Cause Metsy’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. And then she GOES yard! BOO-YAH!

SA: I was going to suggest some Daddy Yankee. Or some stereotypically New Jersey artist-Bon Jovi, Springsteen.

TheStarterWife: Does Rutgers have a theme song? Something with Knights Tale?

GordonShumway: I like Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine”. Because it has sweet guitars and Metsy could totally strut in. Also, her love is, um, like bad medicine?

Did they ever specify what made it bad medicine? Has it expired? Or did it just react poorly with his other prescriptions?

TheStarterWife: Great. Bad Medicine just came up on Sirius Total 80′s just now, and now all I can do is picture Metsy.

(Although I think I like the Milk Shake Song. Or maybe not.)

Andrea: I like the Milkshake song. But that’s only b/c my pun about “the yard” and “going yard” made me giggle for like 5 minutes straight.

What? I make my own fun.

TheStarterWife: At this point I would also vote for “Der Kommissar” because that is what is playing.

Texas Gal: So I’ve really been thinking this over. Pondering all the various factors that go into a decision like this. Weighing the pros and cons. And I think I’ve come to my ultimate conclusion…

U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.

It is both (a) true, because no one can touch Metsy’s awesomeness, and (b) embarrassing, as well she should be for taking the Billy Wagner way out.

TheStarterWife: Hizzah!

SA: Oh dear God I just LOL’ed very loudly after reading that Texy.

Yes, that has to be the music.

M.C. Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

61 thoughts on “Rocking The Plate

  1. TSW – I’m with you on the B-Boys tip. However, I gotta go with Skills To Pay The Bills for my entrance tune. Cause you know, it’s the truth.

    Good thinkin, ladies!

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  3. I love everybody’s choices, but HOLLY FTW!!! I am was a total dork for college a cappella, and I’ve had the Brown Derbies’ THX theme on my computer since I was a freshman in college.

  4. Clare, ME TOO! I have the Brown Derbies CD that has the THX music on it. My favorites are the Brown Derbies, UPenn Off the Beat, the Stanford Fleet Street Singers and the Wash U Pikers.

    Excellent choices, ladies!

  5. My roommate in college played softball, and I was so jealous that she got to have at-bat music. She had “Stray Cat Strut.” I always wanted “B.O.B.” from Outkast.

  6. Excellent choices, though “Back in Black” — I love ac/dc but I think it falls under the ‘little too cliche’ rubric, so I would have gone with the next best thing, “XTC vs. Adam Ant” by They Might Be Giants. (Seriously, listen to the opening — it sounds exactly like “Back in Black”.)

    … Anyhow, I shouldn’t be one to give advice, since my at-bat music would be “Touch Me When I’m Dancing” by the Carpenters.

  7. Back in Black is what I always thought Meyers should have from the Phillies. Alas. “U can’t touch this” is AWESOME though.

    And thank the good lord Chutley switched to Kashmir thats all I have to say.

  8. Disco Stu, you’re totally right about the cliched part. But it holds a special place in my heart from high school. When I walked to the plate for my last at-bat, my air-guitaring even involved me sinking to my knees all Jimi Hendrix like. It was great.

  9. I love that y’all chose Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” I would have to choose Three Days Grace’s “Riot” (the chorus part). Its on my playlist right now and somehow when ever I’m out running, I seem to step it up a notch when it comes on…

  10. i’d definitely go with “Gloria” by laura branigan

    reasons being:

    1. that song kills…literally, it shreds faces off
    2. opposing pitcher would be so perplexed by my song choice that #3 occurs
    3. confused mound-man tosses an eephus
    4. to which i reply with a monster crush and start singing “…i think i got your number……..(substitute pitcher’s name for Gloria)”

  11. I’m so torn. I mean, do I go with Motorhead’s “Born to Raise Hell” or Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”? Can you all set up a voting site for this so we can have people vote for the better song?

  12. This is one of the greatest questions to ask, it really tells a lot about a person, and makes for great conversation. That, and what your endzone celebration be. With the said, my song would be “Jane Says” (Live version, of course), and the handing of the ball to the ref. I would love to do something Chad Johnson-ish, but I would be too busy smacking asses to care.

  13. Guys – I love y’all!

    And I totally deserve “U Can’t touch this”.

    Hey, it was either this or pretend to be all above the music (a la some ball players who shall remain nameless *cough* Garrett Anderson * cough*).

    And why didn’t I think of “B.O.B.”? Dammit, I suck.

  14. Holly, they play that at the ‘Backer in SB and everybody goes crazy. You’d think we were all from Tennessee or something, it’s hilarious. It’s a fun song to dance to, though.

  15. I know somebody has to use it but I would still take Public Enemy & Anthrax – Bring the Noise.

    The first 12 seconds is all you need.

  16. Papelbon stole my entrance music. I’d pick Shipping up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. I love that song. So menacing in the begining. Fenway goes nuts when Paps takes the mound to it. That would be my music.

  17. I completely agree with bristlesage- “Barracuda” would be an awesome tune to make a staggering entrance. BUT I have to say that “U Can’t Touch This” would be pretty intimidating as well. Toss-up in my opinion.

    Also, for the record- Chutley’s Vengabus (as a fan club) is still very much around.

  18. Great choices fellow ladies…

    Why thank you Orson.

    TSW-I’m just getting into Go! Team. About a year too late, but what the hell.

    chittowntiger and Burnsy-I seriously thought about those two songs. Remix Avril with Little Mama.

  19. No one singing’s Bikini Girl’s version of “Rebel Girl” (with joan jett on backing vocals)? sigh.

  20. Rage Against the Machine – Bulls On Parade. You’re only getting about 9-11 seconds of song in prior to the at-bat so you have to bring the gas early and often. No better opening in my mind, dirty, surly, mean. That 10 seconds of music is the aural equivalent of taking the pitchers mother home, banging her eight ways from Sunday, then dropping her off at home plate, a quivering shell of her former self. You tell me another song that’s gonna pop off enough to give Curtis Pride shivers.

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  22. There’s a dance mix of the score from Brokeback Mountain? Really?

    Pleaze 2 uplod song.

    (Gustavo Santaolalla is my favourite producer-composer, I mean. I couldn’t care less about the discoteca.)

  23. I have actually thought about this long and hard (rofl…long and hard *sobers up*) and I have it down to 3:

    “Black Betty” by Ram Jam
    “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix
    or
    “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys

  24. Don’t know how I missed this, but T. Kyle got me up to speed. Since I am possibly the world’s worst baseball player, it’s not something I’ve ever paused to think about. I would be torn between “Bomber” by Motorhead and “Do or Die” by the Super Furry Animals.

    In reality, my only chance of making it to first base would be as a result of 4 balls, making the appropriate track “(You gotta walk) Don’t look back” by the inimitable Peter Tosh, accompanied for some reason by Mick Jagger.

  25. Without doubt my choice would be “Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste” by Norma Jean. The first 20 seconds are unmatched in my opinion. The screaming might scare the kiddies though . . .

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