Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix & Pearl Jam Entrance Music Helps Yankees and Mets Batters
Baseball aficianados know that each MLB player gets to choose the song that accompanies them on the short walk from the dugout to the batter's box. It's a short and sweet signifier of the player's personality, demonstrating if he is a rock fan or a hip-hop head. Well, it turns out some New York Yankees and Mets players utilize the music of classic rock artists to get them pumped before they step up to the plate, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The Mets' Lucas Duda employs Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower' as his walk up music, even though the classic song came out before he was even born! His teammate Ike Davis gets it going to 'Start Me Up' by the Rolling Stones. Yankee slugger Mark Teixeira has one of the boldest walk up tunes of 'em all, with Twisted Sister's 'I Wanna Rock.' The Mets' Jason Bay chose Pearl Jam's 'Alive' as his walk up song. perhaps willing his sleepy bat to come "alive" thanks to the music's thrust.
Interestingly enough, MLB doesn't have any sort of strict governing principles for walk up songs. The only stipulations is that the music is over by the time the batter reaches home plate. That's it, Really? Really.
Teams are expected to exercise good judgment when it come to the walk up music, though. So, walk up music is unaccounted for but NYC team players couldn't wear 9/11 commemorative caps for the 10th anniversary of the biggest tragedy in their hometown's history? Hmm. Time for Bud Selig to start assessing these things, right?