Playoff baseball is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, growing up it carried a bit MORE excitement as the Yankees were perpetual contenders, but in the last few years we've seen plenty of squads rise to the top and I enjoy watching the inconsistency [the last 15 years have given us nine different champions, and this year will make it 10 (Cubs // Indians)]. In light of this I figured I'd make this a baseball focused post.
I've played baseball for most of my life, and I can say definitively that nothing makes me happier than being on a fresh diamond during a beautiful day with a full squad putting together a crisp infield/ outfield and hitting BP. It's a perfect day. When I was a kid ☛ teen ☛ confused adult ☛ competent adult ☛ super successful adult (?) ☛ senior citizen ☛ marked for death/ leaving everything to Alice (wife) and Elise (sister), one thing I always thought about/ still like to think about/ will forever think about (according to my hopefully accurate timeline), is what my walk-up song would be.
The songs set the mood, creating an atmosphere for the batter or pitcher coming into the game, and helps with focus and confidence. Will I go obscure to show people that I'm a prick about music? Maybe go popular to send the crowd into a frenzy? Or choose something personal to give a subtle nods to my favorite artists in hope that they'll want to meet me after? In all actuality I'd probably do all of those options, since I'd be switching it as often as they'd let me. Though I always love the players that keep the same walkup track for an entire season, it becomes more of an anthem, a signature. It gets me going!
There are so many options, and honestly I probably could have done a list of 50 for each, but for the sake of my ego, let's pretend that I don't have enough time to do that. With that in mind, I decided to make a list of the five walk-up songs (hitter) and five intro songs (pitcher) I would have used for the 2016 season. For hitters, you probably only get 20-25 seconds of your track whereas pitchers generally get the majority of their track. You don't care. Just read the list and love baseball.
Now, for me to make an all time list would probably drive me insane since there are SO MANY OPTIONS. However, I do have one that, if given an at bat, or a chance on the mound, would be my uncontested first choice.