April 07, 2017
UPDATE [5:45 p.m.]: Brock Stassi used "Regulate" by Warren G and Nate Dogg. It's been added to the playlist as well as the list below.
Sorry to previously-announced winner Michael Saunders ("Hypnotize"), but we're just going to go ahead and say Stassi wins.
Do you ever hear a song and think, "Now that would be a great song to use as my walk-up music," and then suddenly remember that you're never going to play professional baseball and won't ever need your own entrance music? No? Just me? Oh, well.
On Friday, the Phillies played their home opener. And for the first time in 2017, we got to check out the music each player selected to use as his theme song for when he walks up to the plate for an at-bat.
The team was kind enough to post a list of their walk-up songs on their website (although not every player was included for some reason, perhaps because they haven't yet decided on one). What you'll find is a lot of Latin music, some country and, of course, a little hip-hop. What you won't find is the familiar tracks, like Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" or Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."
Here's a look at the songs listed by the Phillies, followed by a Spotify playlist including all of them.
Aaron Altherr: “Riot” by Tedashii OR “Smile” by Kirk Franklin
Joaquin Benoit: “Fireball” by Pitbull
Clay Buchholz: “Hold The Line” by Toto
Zach Eflin: “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jerad Eickhoff: “Too Old To Die Young” by Brother Dege
Maikel Franco: “De Vitrina” by El Mayor Clasico OR “Yo Llegare” by Secreto El Famoso
Freddy Galvis: “Ponmela En El Aire” by Apache & Canserbero
Jeanmar Gomez: “El Gran Yo Soy” by En Espiritu Y En Verdad
Jeremy Hellickson: “Can't Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake OR “No Mercy” by T.I.
Cesar Hernandez: “Creo En Ti” by Julio Melgar
Odubel Herrera: “Rompe La Cintara” by Alexis Y Fido
Tommy Joseph: “It'z Just What We Do” by Florida Georgia Line
Howie Kendrick: “Dey Know” by Shawty Lo
Adam Morgan: “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
Daniel Nava: “Sidelines” by Lecrae
Aaron Nola: “I Am Second” by Newsboys
Cameron Rupp: “Fix” by Chris Lane
Michael Saunders: “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G.
Brock Stassi: "Regulate" by Warren G and Nate Dogg
Vince Velasquez: “Jungle” by X Ambassadors
[WARNING: Some songs contain NSFW lyrics.]
I'm no music expert, but I've got to say that the best tracks on here belong to a pair of new Phillies: Michael Saunders ("Hypnotize") and Clay Buchholz ("Hold the Line").
However, that's probably not the Toto song I would have chosen...
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