Walk-up music is so synonymous with Major League Baseball that part of the fun of going to a game is hearing what songs will pump through the stadium speakers when the home team’s players step into the batter’s box. And those songs can become part of a player’s trademark, whether it’s Josh Reddick of the Oakland A’s coming out to Wham!’s “Careless Whisper” or former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera heading to the mound to the pounding riffs of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” As we get ready for tomorrow’s All-Star Game, MEL Radio decided to salute a few all-star walk-up songs from this current season. From hard rock to hip-hop to hair metal to trap music to the theme of Friends, this is the music that pumps up major leaguers before they attempt to hit a flying object that’s coming at them at speeds exceeding 90 mph.
The players who rep each song on the playlist:
“I’ll Be There for You” (a.k.a. the theme from Friends) by The Rembrandts — Josh Collmenter of the Arizona Diamondbacks
“Rock On (Do the Rockman)” by Montana Da Mac (feat. Unk) — Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs