From the most important games in the Majors all the way down to the Little League World Series, baseball provides the soundtrack for a season unlike any other sport. The crack of a bat, organs playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” and the emphatic smack of fastballs into catcher mitts are part of the aesthetic of an American summer. Though the sounds of baseball are a part of our cultural fabric, the boys of summer use at-bat music — Drake, Rick Ross, Disturbed, Metallica, and even… Brantley Gilbert? — to sprinkle some chaos and individuality into the routine.
Baseball has been stuck in tradition for a long, long time, sacrificing a wider audience to stick to , but at least here they are willing to compromise. Different players have different needs as they approach the plate, which is what makes each walk-up selection so compelling. Those looking to get pumped up might turn to some hard rock or aggressive hip-hop, while some R&B might be needed to calm down the twitchier batsmen. MLB’s global player base provides a little something for everyone to enjoy at the ballpark… at least for a few seconds, and every once in a while, such as with Mariano Rivera‘s iconic “Enter Sandman,” a player’s choice can take on a life of its own.
What makes a good at-bat song? Because music is so subjective, there’s no right or wrong answer. But we’ll do our best. Let’s explore some hip-hop and R&B selections that fit a niche for some major leaguers. Here are The Best Baseball Walk-Up Songs.
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