Sounds of the Stadium
If you’re like me, you might have spent part of the holidays on the iTunes Web site, filling up your MP3 player with a couple of new albums.
In my search for something other than the same old, same old, I came across this piece from September, which listed the walkup songs of the Yankees’ starting lineup.
I can’t say that I’d actually download all of these, but some are just fantastic. Derek Jeter’s choice of Cameo’s ‘Candy’ just perfectly sums up his personality – an R&B song from 1987? That’s old-school. The DMX song the Yankees picked for Xavier Nady was an excellent fit as well — get it, it’s DMX, and his name starts with an X … yeah, you got it.
What’s your favorite from this list?
Johnny Damon, CF
Song: “Bleed It Out” by Linkin Park; “Handlebars” by The Flobots; “I Walk Alone” by Saliva (WWE Batista’s Theme); “Open Your Eyes” by Alter Bridge
Damon: “I just like the songs. They’ve got a good beat. Most guys on our team have their different reasons for picking what they pick. I just use it as part of my routine. It’s just songs I like to hear and it sometimes gets me jacked up and ready to hit. More than that, It kind of readies you for the battle you have to go up against.”
Derek Jeter, SS
Song: “You Gots to Chill” by EPMD; “The Boomin’ System” by LL Cool J; “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground; “Candy” by Cameo
Jeter: “All my stuff’s old. Just old-school. That’s pretty much it.”
Bobby Abreu, RF
Song: “Bravo de Verdad” by Oscar D’Leon
Abreu: “It’s a great salsa song, and it’s funny, too. He’s singing like a tough guy. The lyrics are all about feeling tough. I just like it. He’s one of my favorite singers.”
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Song: “This is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS; “Put On” by Young Jeezy
Jason Giambi, 1B
Song: “N.W.O. Wolfpac Theme” by C-Murder
Giambi: “It started back in Oakland when I was on the same team as Matt Stairs. The Oakland clubhouse kids and Stairs and I all loved pro wrestling and the kids picked out wrestling themes for us to use. Stairs and I kept them for our entire careers, and we still laugh about it when we see each other. The really funny part of it is that those clubhouse kids are all in the A’s front office now.”
Xavier Nady, LF
Songs: “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” by DMX; “Ridin’” by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
Nady: “I don’t even know what the songs are, to be honest with you. I haven’t been on the team for very long, so I just told them to pick whatever they want. It’s been so crazy since I got here that I just haven’t paid much attention to it.”
Hideki Matsui, DH
Songs: “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” (from the film “Kill Bill”) by Tomoyasu Hotei; “TNT” by AC/DC
Matsui: “They’re just songs that I like. The ‘Kill Bill’ song, the artist, Tomoyasu Hotei, is Japanese and a good friend of mine. The other song, I was looking for something that would get the crowd into it and bring some excitement for that moment.”
Robinson Cano, 2B
Songs: “Independent” by Webbie featuring Lil Boosie and Lil Phat; “Pa Que La Pases Bien” by Arcangel
Cano: “I just pick the songs because I like them. The ‘Independent’ song has a good beat, and the other one lets me represent the Latinos a little bit.”