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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