I'm going to reproduce Feinsand's whole list but to add some value, I've linked up each of the songs to a YouTube video and made some snarky comments.
Derek Jeter: “Candy” - Cameo
Derek Jeter: “Candy” - Cameo
If you only watch one of these videos, make it this one. It looks like a spoof made by Chappelle's Show.Nick Johnson: “Party in the U.S.A.” - Miley Cyrus
By now, you know that Johnson picked the song because his daughter likes it (and she has shitty taste in music).Mark Teixeira: “I Wanna Rock” - Twisted Sister
A solid, straight forward classic rock tune. Fits Teixeira to a "T".
Alex Rodriguez: “On to the Next One” - Jay-Z
We used this one for a preview earlier this year mostly because I was stuck for ideas and the video is in black and white. It's alright, but I really don't enjoy what Jay-Z's style has devolved into. It seems like he now ends every line with a forced inflection. He's more about rhyming sounds as opposed to earlier in his career when he had more masterful wordplay and a steady, even-keeled delivery.
Robinson Cano: “Run this Town” - Jay-Z
This one also features Rhianna, Kanye West and some real distorted electric guitar. Better tune than the one A-Rod uses but not something I'm going to put on by choice.
Curtis Granderson: “Lookin’ for the Perfect Beat” - Africa Bambaataa
An old school rap song with a video almost as unintentionally hilarious as the one Jeter uses.
Nick Swisher: “Beat Street” - Grand Master Flash
It's got that typical, choppy, Grandmaster Flash "flow" to it. I would expect Swish to have picked something like Creed or Three Doors Down based on his brotasticness, so he gets bonus points for this choice.
[Update: It has been brought to my attention by Joe from River Ave. Blues that Gardner comes up to Run Like Hell and not On The Run as Feinsand said in his post.]
Brett Gardner: “Run Like Hell” - Pink Floyd
Easily my favorite choice out of all of these. Completely appropriate given Gardner's skill set and coming out to any Pink Floyd song is good by me, even if it is off of The Wall.
Randy Winn: “Just Chill” - Jon Young
Jon Young and J. Cash are apparently the highest selling hip hop act in Central Florida!
*Posada and Francisco Cervelli both supplied songs via CD (that are latin-flavored, if I recall correctly) and neither Bonner nor Feinsand were sure what they were called.
CC Sabathia: “Big Poppa” - Notorious B.I.G.
Most obvious choice ever?
A.J. Burnett: “I’m a Man” - Black Strobe
Yes you are, sir. And so is Mike Gundy.
Javier Vazquez: “Until the Whole World Hears” - Casting Crowns
Christian rock. Whatever floats your boat, Javy, just pitch better after it plays.Andy Pettitte: “La Grange” - ZZ Top
Like Teixeira's choice, this one is a staple of classic rock stations nation wide. Can't really go wrong but it's not exactly original.Phil Hughes: “King Nothing” - Metallica
Because of Metallica's dickish views on copyright law you have to sit through a 30 second commercial to watch this one. Feel like doing that? I didn't think so.
I've often thought about what my at bat or warm up music would be and the decision becomes infinitely more complicated by the fact that, as Morgan Ensberg pointed out a while back, hitters are limited to 8 seconds. That's nothing. So the question becomes not "What song is going to get you fired up?" but "What 8 second snippet from a song are you not going to get totally sick of by the end of the first homestand?". That really cuts down on the options.
To make it slightly less impossible and pointless, let's assume that you are a pitcher and you get to choose a song or portion of a song to warm up to, but it can't be longer than 5 minutes. Here's a short list of ones that I would have to try extremely hard to decide between and truncate to the appropriate length:
- The version of Soul Serenade the Allman Brothers played in honor of King Curtis back in 1971.
- Or pretty much any section of this version of Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad that Derek and the Dominoes played at the Filmore East during a two night stand they did there in October of 1970:
Yours in the comments if you so choose.