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(USA Today)   The five best songs used by MLB closers. Why yes, "Enter Sandman" is on the list, howja know?   (ftw.usatoday.com) divider line 48
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2013-09-20 11:56:15 AM
No "Hells Bells" = utter list fail
 
2013-09-20 12:00:26 PM
Does any closer use "Ride of the Valkyries" because that would be awesome.
 
2013-09-20 12:04:49 PM
Because who better to provide music for an industry of sellouts than a sellout band?

/not talking "sold every available ticket" here
 
2013-09-20 12:18:37 PM
Songs? Amateurs

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This is how you make an entrance! Multimedia extrav-O-ganza!
 
2013-09-20 12:28:06 PM
During a couple great seasons as the Dodgers closer (and one incredible one) Eric Gagne had Welcome to the Jungle as his entrance music. It was perfect.
 
2013-09-20 12:40:44 PM
Some complain about the advance of thumping, recorded music into baseball stadiums - once the exclusive domain of organ grinders.

Organ grinders were the guys with the little hand cranks and the dancing monkeys, not the people who played organ at ballgames, USA Today, you cock.

Also, "Firestarter" isn't necessarily what I'd like to come out to if I was a relief pitcher.
 
2013-09-20 01:42:58 PM

BKITU: No "Hells Bells" = utter list fail


Off-speed Kills
 
2013-09-20 01:45:55 PM
It lets fans know a (hopefully) dominant reliever is coming into the game,

Or you could look at the bullpen.

it allows the reliever to express himself in some way,

He could let his pitching do that.

and it maybe even makes him a touch more intimidating, assuming he has picked the correct song.

Because a professional is going to be cowed by some recorded music
 
2013-09-20 01:53:13 PM
He wasn't a closer, but Todd Froworth (Orioles) was a sidearm pitcher and would come out to 'Yellow Submarine.' Even as a kid, I enjoyed that.
 
2013-09-20 01:59:10 PM

Wellon Dowd: BKITU: No "Hells Bells" = utter list fail

Off-speed Kills


Got-damn right.
 
2013-09-20 02:06:22 PM

Cagey B: Some complain about the advance of thumping, recorded music into baseball stadiums - once the exclusive domain of organ grinders.

Organ grinders were the guys with the little hand cranks and the dancing monkeys, not the people who played organ at ballgames, USA Today, you cock.

Also, "Firestarter" isn't necessarily what I'd like to come out to if I was a relief pitcher.


Perez lives up to it. He's one of the best, but watching him pitch can be a nightmare.
 
2013-09-20 02:06:54 PM
There really needs to be a database of MLB player walk up/out music. Also what songs the stadiums play at certain points. For example, the Rangers play "Happy Trails" to visiting pitchers who get yanked.
 
2013-09-20 02:07:46 PM

BKITU: No "Hells Bells" = utter list fail


Seriously, what the fark?

Before clicking I figured Enter Sandman and Hells Bells had to be 1 and 2.
 
2013-09-20 02:14:10 PM
Things I liked at ball games this year: phillies using passion pit's take a walk for bb

Dickey and GoT themesong

I like the use of fire starter

Werth and the walking dead theme
 
2013-09-20 02:14:11 PM
Be ready for this song, haters.

www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-09-20 02:14:13 PM
On a related note, how did Jason Grilli ever become a closer? That guy could turn a spark into a California wildfire.
 
2013-09-20 02:31:31 PM

Treygreen13: There really needs to be a database of MLB player walk up/out music. Also what songs the stadiums play at certain points. For example, the Rangers play "Happy Trails" to visiting pitchers who get yanked.


I would love that like it was my first born child.  Well, actually, more.

//I always loved Craig Counsell's choice of the Hendrix version of "All Along The Watchtower".
///Any player using this song would be my hero.
 
2013-09-20 02:34:25 PM
Also thought a clean version of Regulate would be sweet for a closer.
 
2013-09-20 02:36:00 PM

Treygreen13: There really needs to be a database of MLB player walk up/out music. Also what songs the stadiums play at certain points. For example, the Rangers play "Happy Trails" to visiting pitchers who get yanked.


I cannot vouch for its accuracy.

http://www.mlbplatemusic.com/
 
2013-09-20 02:36:07 PM

Treygreen13: There really needs to be a database of MLB player walk up/out music. Also what songs the stadiums play at certain points. For example, the Rangers play "Happy Trails" to visiting pitchers who get yanked.


Wow it's all so clever!

All of the stadiums play all of the same shiat.

OMG at the Flyers games they have this Fan-o-meter that appears and then you yell really loud and it goes up and up and when us crazy Philly fans get super load it breaks!
 
2013-09-20 02:38:47 PM

Wellon Dowd: Treygreen13: There really needs to be a database of MLB player walk up/out music. Also what songs the stadiums play at certain points. For example, the Rangers play "Happy Trails" to visiting pitchers who get yanked.

I cannot vouch for its accuracy.

http://www.mlbplatemusic.com/


Oh, nice. It does exist.

MugzyBrown: Wow it's all so clever!

All of the stadiums play all of the same shiat.


...no, they don't.
 
2013-09-20 02:41:36 PM
How typical, the Cuban commie walks out to RATM.
 
2013-09-20 02:42:09 PM
Hmp.  The song I associate with Chapman is not the RAM song.  Yeah, upon reflection, that is what they play over the montage, but they also start with HIghway Star, right before going to the montage.  The opening chords and Gillan's screams are what I associate with Chapman taking the field.

Cincinnati also use to play a clip of Hank Hill when Pittsburgh's Bobby Hill would come to bat, "...boy ain't right!"
 
2013-09-20 02:42:09 PM
If I were a closer I'd probably go with a time-edited version of Atlas by Battles. Though I recently heard it in a commercial and had a sad.
 
2013-09-20 02:57:30 PM
 
2013-09-20 03:32:21 PM

INeedAName: He wasn't a closer, but Todd Froworth (Orioles) was a sidearm pitcher and would come out to 'Yellow Submarine.' Even as a kid, I enjoyed that


When Chris Sale was a reliever, they played Come Sail Away when he came in the game.

I still think someone needs to use something silly, like It's Not Unusual or Tijuana Taxi or Spanish Flea or something along those lines.
 
2013-09-20 03:33:48 PM
Also needed as closer music: Yakety Sax.  They should play it every time a guy like Heath Bell comes in the game.
 
2013-09-20 03:34:02 PM

BKITU: No "Hells Bells" = utter list fail


This; I guess it's active closers, otherwise "Hells Bells" would've been in the top 2.
 
2013-09-20 03:52:20 PM
No "Wild Thing?
 
2013-09-20 04:10:34 PM

ReverendLoki: No "Wild Thing?


www.hooverae.com

I was just thinking this...
 
2013-09-20 04:44:22 PM

Tom_Slick: Does any closer use "Ride of the Valkyries" because that would be awesome.


Played from the Apocalypse Now soundtrack.

I put on Wagner. It scares the Hell out of the Slopes. My Boys love it.
Put on Psy-War-Op. Play it loud. Romeo Foxtrot, shall we dance.
 
2013-09-20 04:59:41 PM
Not that he was a quality closer, but I miss hearing the Flash Gordon theme when Tom Gordon played for the Phillies.

They had this really sweet promo for him that they used between innings once that I saw.
 
2013-09-20 05:04:33 PM
Do players get to choose their own music? I thought the ballparks sometimes chose it.
 
2013-09-20 05:06:33 PM

someonelse: Do players get to choose their own music? I thought the ballparks sometimes chose it.


Not sure if there's a standard procedure for that, but I know that often the visiting team can be subjected to unflattering walk up music.
 
2013-09-20 05:18:42 PM

someonelse: Do players get to choose their own music? I thought the ballparks sometimes chose it.


Daniel Murphy's music has been "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" for years. Somehow I doubt that the Mets chose that one.
 
2013-09-20 05:20:14 PM

Treygreen13: someonelse: Do players get to choose their own music? I thought the ballparks sometimes chose it.

Not sure if there's a standard procedure for that, but I know that often the visiting team can be subjected to unflattering walk up music.


That's how I understand it.  A (now former) White Sox sound engineer got fired for playing "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake.  Pretty funny story (from songfacts):

This song entered the news in 2002 under some strange circumstances. Tawny Kitaen married the baseball player Chuck Finley in 1997. In April, 2002, she was arrested for spousal abuse after kicking him with her high-heeled shoes while he was driving. Finley filed for divorce soon after. Soon after Kitaen was arrested, the D.J. for the Chicago White Sox was fired for playing this to the stadium while Finley was warning up for his team the Cleveland Indians.
 
2013-09-20 05:23:08 PM

roc6783: Also thought a clean version of Regulate would be sweet for a closer.


I love that song, but I just don't see it work as a closer's music.   LL Cool J's "Shut 'Em Down" would be so much better, although it was originally written for a football movie ("Any Given Sunday").
 
2013-09-20 05:24:35 PM

downstairs: Treygreen13: someonelse: Do players get to choose their own music? I thought the ballparks sometimes chose it.

Not sure if there's a standard procedure for that, but I know that often the visiting team can be subjected to unflattering walk up music.

That's how I understand it.  A (now former) White Sox sound engineer got fired for playing "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake.  Pretty funny story (from songfacts):

This song entered the news in 2002 under some strange circumstances. Tawny Kitaen married the baseball player Chuck Finley in 1997. In April, 2002, she was arrested for spousal abuse after kicking him with her high-heeled shoes while he was driving. Finley filed for divorce soon after. Soon after Kitaen was arrested, the D.J. for the Chicago White Sox was fired for playing this to the stadium while Finley was warning up for his team the Cleveland Indians.


Haha, that's a funny story. A Texas Rangers player not too long ago lost a bet and walked up to "It's Raining Men" for a game.
 
2013-09-20 05:56:30 PM
To the best of my knowledge, rookies don't get to pick their own song (some teams might even require more years than that). Several players tell the PA guy to choose for them because they don't care at all, others go as far as having a first PA song, a second PA, etc.

The visiting team never gets to choose their music.
 
2013-09-20 05:58:46 PM
Oh, and here's another database of player music:

http://www.designatedhits.com/
 
2013-09-20 06:59:22 PM
Went to a Midwest League game in Appleton, WI this summer and one of the players there used Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" as his walkup music.  Afraid you're gonna need something a little peppier if you wanna make the bigs, kid.
 
2013-09-20 07:07:24 PM

Dogpants: Went to a Midwest League game in Appleton, WI this summer and one of the players there used Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" as his walkup music.  Afraid you're gonna need something a little peppier if you wanna make the bigs, kid.


There are currently two players in the bigs with that song.
 
2013-09-20 07:57:46 PM
I saw nothing by Lawrence Welk. Why?
 
2013-09-20 08:01:54 PM
If I were a major league baseball player (and, at age 46, I really should start working on that dream soon), I'd have a baffling array of utterly inappropriate music play me to the plate...

"Lay Lady Lay"
"I Feel Pretty"
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
"Part of Your World"
"Like a Surgeon"

And so on...

A confused pitcher is a readable pitcher.
 
2013-09-20 08:52:20 PM

Tom_Slick: Does any closer use "Ride of the Valkyries" because that would be awesome.


Good call.
 
2013-09-20 09:15:04 PM

The Banana Thug: roc6783: Also thought a clean version of Regulate would be sweet for a closer.

I love that song, but I just don't see it work as a closer's music.   LL Cool J's "Shut 'Em Down" would be so much better, although it was originally written for a football movie ("Any Given Sunday").


My other suggestion was OMC's How Bizarre. Appropriate/works is not what I want, just lulz. The game is suppose to be fun.
 
2013-09-20 10:50:44 PM
The Atlanta Braves' secret weapon is their organist Matthew Kaminski (@bravesorganist on twitter).

He keeps a running twitter commentary during games where fans help him come up with humorous entrance music for opposing players. Much of his work is truly inspired.
 
2013-09-20 11:30:49 PM
exick: During a couple great seasons as the Dodgers closer (and one incredible one) Eric Gagne had Welcome to the Jungle as his entrance music. It was perfect.

Yeah, Randy Johnson closed out game 5 of the 1995 ALDS against the Yankees in the ol' Kingdome. RJ was warming up on with a day's rest, the buzz was palpable in the crowd. When it was time to make the switch, the announcer could not be heard over the roar... I had NEVER heard the music so loud at the Kingdome (including The Who in '82) but Welcome To The Jungle, indeed. It was such an electric moment. Welcome To The Jungle should never have been used by another closer.
 
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