The beginning of a new baseball season brings a lot of questions. None of them as pertinent as “What music will the players come out to this year?”
A song can define a player. It’s hard to think of Trevor without “Hell’s Bells” announcing his arrival. And I can’t shake the memory of some excited fan screaming out “Let’s go, Superman!” during a Mark Kotsay at-bat, no doubt inspired by Kotsay’s choice of “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down.
(if you’re reading this, excited fan, leave a comment)
With the Padres having played their first game at Petco earlier this evening, we got our first listen to the choices some of the 08 team has made.
Josh Bard, (some country song)
I’m not the biggest country fan in the world so I couldn’t identify this song by ear. Or even be able to speak on it. I probably shouldn’t have said anything.
Brian Giles, “Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
An interesting call by Giles. Most entrance songs tend to be flavors of the month (as we’ll see in a second) but Giles chose a song that’s nine years old. I like to think it’s a tribute to his fixed up knee. If that’s the case, Giles gets bonus points for being so damned clever.
Giles has previously been announced to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
Adrian Gonzalez, (some song) – Pitbull
You know, because he’s Mexican. Gonzalez previously came out to Daddy Yankee, much like RRRamon Hernandez before him and every other Latino player to make the major leagues. There are worse songs to go with, but this one seems rather cliché.
Gonzalez has previously come out to “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee.
Scott Hairston, “Flashing Lights” – Kanye West
Like I said, flavor of the month. I’m as big a Kanye fan as anyone but “Flashing Lights” does nothing for me, especially considering that the other three songs from “Graduation” would have worked better. The season hasn’t started yet, so hopefully the Living Legend switches to “Can’t Tell Me Nothin'” for Monday.
Justin Huber, “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco
Same deal as Hairston’s pick. I suppose Huber could be saying he’s a superstar, but the song uses the word in a pejorative sense. I’m not sure how well that works out. Considering that this song was my first introduction to Huber, who was picked up earlier this week, I can’t say that we got off on the right foot.
We’ll be updating this throughout the year, we encourage you to fill us in on what we’ve missed in the comments section.