On Tap Walk-Up Songs
Do you ever think about which song would play before batting or pitching to get the stadium rocking? The On Tap Sports Net group chat has been rumbling with such discussions, so we decided to compile a list of our walk-up songs.
Do you ever think about which song you would play before batting or pitching to get the stadium rocking? The On Tap Sports Net group chat has been rumbling with such discussions, so we decided to compile a list of our walk-up songs. We still have a shot to actually achieve our dreams. I swear. We’re in our primes. Here we go!
Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
It gets the people going, which is what I’m trying to do when I come to the plate.
Far East Movement – The Illest
The first time I heard the hook, I was driving to work and thought “if I were to ever write a TV show, this is my theme song, and if I were a baseball player, this is my walk-up music.” It was 5:30 AM, and I was cruising to work in my Mini Cooper convertible. I’d go on to abandon that car on the streets of Hawaii when I moved back to Illinois.
Eminem – Lose Yourself
It starts out slow and simple, but it quickly comes in heavy. This song is definitely one that can get you pumped up for whatever lies ahead of you. What makes it so perfect for sports is the fact that it’s all about overcoming adversity. To overcome what you are facing, you must “lose yourself” in order to make the most of the opportunity. So, do not waste what you ate about to grandma.
Post Malone – Congratulations
The words in the song just represent reaching the top, which is perfectly exemplified when Post belts out “Now I can scream that we made it.” It was always something that just got me going.
AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
Back in my playing days, I became a pitcher-only (P.O.) by my sophomore year of high school. This is extremely important in prefacing my song explanation because this would be a “walk-in” song instead of a walk-up song, thus allowing extra time for the intro and buildup to fully play out before the first chorus drops. Second of all, hearing the guitar riff pump through the PA system at The Rate would add 2-3 MPH to my fastball alone. Finally, the most important factor I take into consideration when evaluating walk-up (walk-in, in this case) songs is intimidation. Just take a look at the lyrics: “If you want blood, you got it/Blood on the streets/Blood on the rocks/Blood in the gutter/Every last drop/You want blood/You got it.” I want my teams’ relief pitchers to have that ‘killer mentality,’ so if I were in their shoes, I would employ the song that says I’m out for blood (metaphorically).
Bring Me the Horizon – Can You Feel My Heart
For those who know, Evan Longoria used to walk up to “Down and Out” by Tantric, which had that deep rock, almost sinister beat to it. “Can You Feel My Heart” is very similar. It makes you think “Oh crap, this guy is up,” and as a walk-up song, I feel like the best option is something that gets the hitter fired up and frightens your opponent.
Amon Amarth – First Kill
The song is literally about a Viking warrior having to kill the leader of his village and go on the run because he tried to steal his wife. The music behind it is badass and it’s definitely one of my go-to songs in the gym.
Beck – Loser
I am pretty unathletic. In fact, that’s an understatement. If I were a baseball player, I would stink. In all likelihood, the back of my baseball card would show me hitting a smooth buck-twenty. Fans tend to turn on players really quickly. After going 0-4 with four strikeouts, the boo birds would be singing loud all around the stadium. How do you get said fans on your side? Just admit you suck. Call yourself a loser. Beck said it best: “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?” There’s another angle to this as well. Let’s call it the A.J. Pierzynski factor. Compliments don’t fuel me, hatred does. This walk-up song, in a perfect world, would be followed by “you suck!” chants. Give me that energy. Hate me. That’ll get that batting average up from .120 to a red hot .150 faster than Scotty Pods rounding first base on a ball in the gap.
Rage Against The Machine – Killing in the Name
‘Cause I’m still a punk kid at heart!
Lil’ Wayne – Go DJ
I go by D.J. Why would I NOT use this song? I’d be stupid if I didn’t. Call me conceited, but this was my first ringtone on my first phone as a teenager. I don’t care. Hearing my name in a song is hilarious and awesome to me. I’d want the ballpark BOUNCING when I come up to the plate. I guess I’m a narcissist. I like my name. “Now you know I play it, like a pro in the game/No better yet a veteran in the hall of fame.” YUP, that’s me!
Well, there you have it. This future MLB team is loaded with a buncha bops. Check them out and pray that we can still make the league! We’re not the age of washed quadruple-A players, I swear!