Walk-Up Songs For the Rest of Us

I've attended more baseball games this year than in the past because our awesome San Francisco Giants won the World Series (still feels good to type that), and I'm now well versed in what each Giants player's walk-up song is. What's a walk-up song, you ask? It's the song that gets piped into the stadium, chosen by a player and played when that player walks up to bat. It's the song they choose to pump them up.

If you're not a regular baseball fan and are unfamiliar with this tradition, this article will familiarize you with 20 players and their walk-up songs.

So that got me thinking, what would my walk up song be? To help me out, I asked my gal pals what theirs would be. I got some good selects. Here goes:

CAROLYN: Long-time friend and wicked, faithful Boston Red Sox fan, Carolyn had a lot of songs to offer. Why not, she's a talented radio personality at Boston's station, The River. The gal knows music. For her picks, she gave me three.

  1. Bruno Mars - Runaway Baby
  2. Hoodoo Gurus - Like Wow Wipeout

But the song she seemed to offer up first was Usher's More.

LISA: I met Lisa through work, and we became fast friends and running buds, that is, when I was a runner. She now lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan. Long before the Giants won the World Series, Lisa was a die-hard Giants fan. She suffered through much of the torture years. She had seasons tickets and knew/knows every aspect of the game, the players, their history, their stats. She took me to a game or two until I disappointed her as a game-mate (I made the fatal flaw of reading the paper throughout the game and on top of that, I left the sports section at home). I know, I know, bad form. But she's forgiven me and now finds it ironic that I too have taken a shine to Giants fever. Latecomer, she thinks while rolling her eyes. Her song? Or rather songs?

She gave me a bunch.

  1. Bush - Everything Zen
  2. Bush - Machinehead
  3. Rage Against The Machine – Guerilla Radio
  4. Rage Against The Machine – Bulls on Parade
  5. The Grateful Dead – Touch of Grey

And the one I'm featuring here is, The Beastie Boys' No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn.

MARIA: I met Maria in grad school and though she didn't live in the US until college, she had no choice but to be a Red Sox fan. Her parents grew up in the Boston area, so she's genetically wired to be a Sox fan. She too  lives in the Boston area and when the Sox are playing, I know not to call. There can be no interruptions. Her walk-up song? The Boss' Born to Run. Well chosen, my friend. You can never go wrong with a Bruce song.


SARAH: I met Sarah when we were 18 and freshmen at Tufts. Though she made hops post college around the country, including San Francisco and the DC area, she ended back up in the Boston area, making her yet another Red Sox fan to this mix. Her song, admittedly, an oldie, gets her up and about and maybe one day at bat. Not really, but it's fun to imagine.

MAILE: Next up is Maile, sister to Maria. And though she's LA-based (aka, Dodger territory), she, like her sister is a Red Sox forever fan. Yes, yet another. You may have seen Maile in a bunch films and/or movies or heard her Emmy-award winning voice on the anime series, Naruto (where she is Naruto). When I got her walk-up song answer, I laughed out loud.  Having seen every single episode of this series and then some, Maile chose the theme song to Law & Order. At first blush, I thought she was kidding, and then when I listened to the song and imagined her getting up at bat, I thought, good choice, sister.

MAGS: New York-based Mags works on environmental and green-related issues. In addition, she runs Green Drinks NYC, a monthly networking group that connects the environmental community in the New York area. Mags and I share many things in common. We're both from Connecticut and we're both named Margaret. But, oddly enough, she too goes by the nickname of Mugs. In her case, Mags won out over Mugs, but there's still a few out there who refer to her as Mugs or Mugsy. Her song?  Another oldie, Doobie Brothers' Takin' It To the Streets.

TRACY: New York City raised but now Bay Area resident Tracy offered two choices. She's a mild fan of baseball but was one of the first responders to get her walk-up song in. Her choices: George Michaels' Freedom and The Who's Eminence Front.

So after all these great choices, I had to step up with mine. It wasn't easy. Lots of songs either feel too cliche, too dated, too something. What gets played during a walk-up song is only the first 15-25 seconds before it's the batter's showtime, so I went with an old stand-by that always makes me smile and also brings me energy. So here it is, my choice: Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock It Takes Two.

So with that...what would be yours?

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  1. 1
    kelly mo says:

    Walk up song, a bit late, but had to think of it.

    Learn To Fly lyrics by the FOO FIGHTERS. Just watch the video you will laugh your head off.

    Run and tell all of the angels
    This could take all night
    Think I need a devil to help me get things right
    Hook me up a new revolution
    Cause this one is a lie
    We sat around laughing and watched the last one die

    I’m looking to the sky to save me
    Looking for a sign of life
    Looking for something to help me burn out bright
    I’m looking for a complication
    Looking cause I’m tired of lying
    Make my way back home when I learn to fly high

    I think I’m done nursing the patience
    It can wait one night
    I’d give it all away if you give me one last try
    We’ll live happily ever trapped if you just save my life
    Run and tell the angels that everything is alright

    I’m looking to the sky to save me
    ( From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/f/foo-fighters-lyrics/learn-to-fly-lyrics.html )
    Looking for a sign of life
    Looking for something to help me burn out bright
    I’m looking for a complication
    Looking cause I’m tired of trying
    Make my way back home when I learn to fly high
    Make my way back home when I learn to. . .

    Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
    Try and make this life my own (and)
    Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
    Try and make this life my own. . .

    I’m looking to the sky to save me
    Looking for a sign of life
    Looking for something to help me burn out bright
    I’m looking for a complication
    Looking cause I’m tired of trying
    Make my way back home when I learn to. . .
    (repeat x2)

  2. 2
    Kate says:

    beethoven’s 9th.

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