The Best Walk-Up Entrances in Baseball

  • Mike Trout 2015

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    Mike Trout

    Drake – “6 God”

    When you’re consistently one of the best players in baseball, you can’t be afraid to let your competition know it. Trout certainly isn’t – going with Drake’s braggadocios salute to his hometown. As long as he keeps inserting himself into MVP races and All-Star Games, Mr. Trout can play whatever he wants, but this is a particularly strong choice.

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  • Hanley Ramirez Boston Red Sox

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    Hanley Ramirez

    The Fugees – “Ready or Not”

    The shortstop-turned-left fielder has sprinkled in some quality tunes over the last few years, from A$AP Ferg’s “Work (Remix)” to Luniz’s “I Got Five On It,” but his latest and greatest selection comes off the Fugees’ classic record, The Score. Whether pitchers are ready or not, he’s coming to the plate.

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  • Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

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    Joey Gallo

    Ginuwine – “Pony”

    Despite being just three years old when Ginuwine’s R&B hit dropped, the Rangers young phenom decided to go with “Pony” as his walkup music. Gallo claims he discovered the song on a teammate’s playlist in Double-A, and made it his choice after thinking, “That would be a pretty funny walk-up.”

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  • Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox

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    Dustin Pedroia

    Dr. Dre – “Still D.R.E.”

    It’s hard to think of a more menacing beat to accompany your walk to the plate than the Dr. Dre and Scott Storch produced classic off of 2001. This song still bangs in 2015, and we salute Pedroia for keeping the classic record in Boston’s PA speakers.

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  • Carlos Ruiz

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    Carlos Ruiz

    Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight”

    Philadelphia’s backstop used Collins’ ’80s hit through much of the Phillies run of success, and continues to stick to his roots with the franchise in rebuild mode. In the spirit of his job that requires him to keep his pitching staff calm, Collins’ atmospheric jam feels like a logical extension of his approach to catching.

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    Joey Butler

    Rae Sremmurd – “No Flex Zone”

    Sometimes, you simply don’t need hard-hitting analysis to pick your walk-up music. The Tampa Bay Rays utility player was recently interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times about a wide variety of topics, and his choice of song came up. He addressed it briefly: “It gets me going a little bit.” Fair enough, Joey.

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    Robinson Cano

    Big Sean – “Blessings”

    Seattle’s $240 million man has an appropriate choice for his walk-up music–a song from three of the most successful rappers in the world acknowledging how fortunate they are for the fame and fortune. The spacy instrumental also creates sort of a spooky vibe as Cano walks to the plate and prepares to murder baseballs, which is a nice side benefit.

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  • Yasiel Puig Dodgers

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    Yasiel Puig

    DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

    A wide variety of hitters have turned to DJ Snake’s breakout banger as their entrance music, but there’s probably no one with whom it fits more seamlessly than Puig. His whole game is loud – the cannon throws from right, the bat flips – and using “Turn Down For What” seems almost like an open taunt of the critics of his style. We hope he keeps turnin’ up.

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  • Drew Butera

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    Drew Butera

    Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”

    Considering the power of the Royals fan vote, it’s quite disappointing that they didn’t find a way to get backup catcher Butera into the All-Star mix. Having the chance to “Rick-roll” a nation-wide audience with Rick Astley’s hilariously cheesy Internet staple is a major missed opportunity.

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  • Danny Valencia

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    Danny Valencia

    Drake – “10 Bands”

    Drake has long been in the mix for walk-up anthems–“Started From The Bottom” and “0 To 100” were heavy in the rotation the last couple years–but “10 Bands” feels like a more inspired choice. That Valencia chose to salute the Toronto native while playing for the Blue Jays is a particularly nice touch–nothing wrong with a role player kissing up to the fans.

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  • Mike Trout 2015
  • Hanley Ramirez Boston Red Sox
  • Joey Gallo Texas Rangers
  • Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
  • Carlos Ruiz
  • Yasiel Puig Dodgers
  • Drew Butera
  • Danny Valencia

Sounds of the game play a big factor in the in-person experience of attending a sporting event. There’s nothing better than the squeak of sneakers on hardwood, the crunch of pads on the gridiron, and a crack of the bat during the summer months. For sports fans everywhere, the right sounds can take them into a happy place.

One of baseball’s unique contributions to this idea is the use of introduction music as hitters stride to the plate. All the other major sports factor in music significantly, whether that comes in pregame intros or between plays to fire up the crowd, but walk-up music in baseball is distinct. It is representative of an individual rather than the team, and as such lets fans into the minds (and playlists) of the guys they came to watch play.

Not everyone is going to stride to the plate in the same mentality. Some players need music that gets them into a zen-like state, calming their nerves and preparing them to sit back on a curveball. Others are getting jacked, which is understandable for someone preparing to hit a 90-plus MPH fastball into the cheap seats. There’s room for all tastes in the stadium speakers, and everyone from the batter to the guy sitting in the upper deck get to experience it together.

Not every choice for a walk-up song is good, but we think we’ve found some of the best song selections around Major League Baseball. Whether they’re goofy or serious, old or new, we believe these are the Best Walk-Up Entrances in Baseball.

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