There is nothing cooler in sports than the walk out music for a defending champ as the lights are off or when the music blasts as a closer jogs in from the pen to save the game. Whether its something grave diggers would listen to like Mariano Rivera’s “Enter Sandman” that ruined so many nights of my childhood or an A+ inside joke like Christian Yelich using “Roxanne.”
So the question I posed to The 300s staff was what would your walk out/walk up music be?
Dom: Walk up song is “Electric Avenue,” no doubt. Been my ring tone since senior year of college and still haven’t gotten sick of it. It’s one of the catchiest tunes of all time.
Big Z: Payphone – Maroon 5
“All those fairy tales are full of shit
One more fucking love song, I’ll be sick”
Perfect song for an unexpected hero who saves the day in the bottom of the 14th. I know if I’m in the big leagues I’m probably coming off the bench in an emergency situation. It’s not the movies. I’m a dirtdog who doesn’t get all the opportunities, but delivers in the clutch when it matters most.
Papa Giorgio: It’s a toss up between The Used – Pretty Handsome Awkward and The J Geils Band – Love Stinks if I was on any of the 29 teams that aren’t the Mets. If I was on the Mets it’d be the Somebody Kill Me please song from the Wedding Singer.
Lippa: I have always thought “Eminence Front” by The Who would be a great entrance for a closer. That song has such a great intro that keeps ramping up as the pitcher reaches the mound.
Joey B: I’m giving you three because Abraham Lincoln didn’t swoop down onto the battlefield on the back of a bald eagle and turn away the Mongolian hoards just for me to keep quiet.
1.) 2pac – “Hail Mary”
Just a true blue pump up song with an always riveting biblical reference. “I aint a killer but don’t push me/revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin pussy” might be the best opening line in terms of introducing yourself to an opponent.
2.) Lynyrd Skynyrd/Shinedown – “Simple Man”
Either version works and will make the hairs on everyone’s necks stand up.A moving explanation of the fact that the violence that you are about to inflict isn’t personal, just a basic instinct of a simple person.
3.) Thrice – “To Awake And Avenge The Dead”
This one is kind of out of left field. I can’t really categorize Thrice as a band. Sort of a melodic metal/punk/hardcore fusion. But the second that first chord rips you’ll be ready to run through a fucking wall.
Red: You can see the clear line of demarcation between the baseball guys and the UFC guys here as Joe and I are the only ones to pick music that makes you want to get suspended from high school. I went back and forth on this one with classics like “Til I Collapse,” and almost had to go with “Shook Ones Pt. 2,” but I had to go with one of the few songs from Eminem’s most recent album thats taken off; “Lucky You.” The subtle bells open the track followed by some bars from Joyer Lucas before that beat comes in HARD. Let me walk into that and get the hell out of my way.