MUSIC TO THEIR EARS
With the Marlins returning home to begin their first Marlins Park homestand tonight against the Astros, it’s time to answer one of the questions I hear at the start of every year: What songs will different players “walk up to” this season?
Different players choose different songs for different reasons. Some like the sound. Some like the artist. Some like the message.
Some change their song seemingly every at-bat. Others will use the same song all season, and even year after year. (I’m reminded of former Red Sox back-up catcher Doug Mirabelli, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2007. He now sells real estate in Michigan, but I think every time he enters a room—to this day—you likely hear Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.”)
A couple of Marlins players shared interesting stories with me about their chosen songs.
When Heath Bell was in Triple-A with the Mets in 2002, his Norfolk Tides trainer Brian Chicklo suggested he enter games to “Blow Me Away” by Breaking Benjamin.
Bell loved the song, but said, “That’s a big league closer’s song.” He told Chicklo as soon as he became a major league closer, he’d break it out.
It took 7 years, but when Bell replaced the departed Trevor Hoffman as San Diego’s closer, he first entered to “Blow Me Away,” keeping his promise to his former trainer, who’s now an assistant trainer with the Mets.
“Hopefully he hears it a lot this year,” Bell told me.
Emilio Bonifacio will use a few different walk-up songs this season, but Boni’s primary song, which debuted Opening Night against the Cardinals, is an original composition.
Boni’s “Lo Viste?” (Did you see that?) caught on in the clubhouse last season. He passed out Lo Viste T-shirts to his teammates this spring and is now selling them online, complete with the official Lo Viste logo.
Prospecto y Respeto, a duo from Boni’s hometown in the Dominican Republic, wrote and recorded a “Lo Viste” song that mentions Boni, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asdu26Fymns
And you’ll hear it a lot at Marlins Park this season.
Here’s a list of the walk-up songs I’ve been able to collect so far with a special thanks to the Marlins Entertainment Department for their help in compiling much of this list:
Heath Bell: Blow Me Away (Breaking Benjamin)
Emilio Bonifacio: Lo Viste (an original by Prospecto y Respeto)
John Buck: 100% Cowboy (Jason Meadows)
Steve Cishek: Send Me/Represent (116 Clique)
Mike Dunn: Kiss it Goodbye (Nickelback)
Chad Gaudin: Red Rock (Smokin Armadillos)
Brett Hayes: Bangarang (Skrillex)
Logan Morrison: Everybody Get the F Up (Yelawolf)
Edward Mujica: Rescate (Alexis y Fido)
Hanley Ramirez: No Love (Lil’ Wayne” and El Duro (Don Omar)
Gaby Sanchez: Triumph (Pitbull)
Giancarlo Stanton: Lord Knows (Drake) and Look in My Eyes (Obie Trice)
Ryan Webb: Hysteria (Muse)
Carlos Zambrano: Enamorado de Ti (Rene Gonzalez)
If you could recommend a song that you feel is especially appropriate for any one player, what would it be?
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