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@-bat music: Milwaukee Brewers08/15/2008 2:14 PM ET
By Doug Miller and Dave Fultz / MLB.com
The youthful, exciting Milwaukee Brewers were already a good team before they added CC Sabathia, but with the lefty horse atop their rotation, they're making a bold statement in the National League Central that might take them all the way to October and beyond.
Part of the inspiration for their breakout season comes from the music the Brewers hitters have selected to be played at Miller Park when they stride to the plate. Their selections, many from current Top 40 radio, show how young and energetic they are, although there are a few old-school selections from the veterans.
MLB.com/Entertainment has been getting to the bottom of the Major League tradition of walk-up music all season long by going from clubhouse to clubhouse and soliciting cutting-edge commentary from the players, the organizational brass, and some of the best music critics in the business. Song choices will change over the course of the 2008 campaign for various -- and often superstitious -- reasons, but rest assured that we'll feature the songs straight from the players' plate play lists at press time.
Here are the Brew Crew's personal soundtracks:
Rickie Weeks, 2BSong: "Adrenaline Rush" by Twista
Weeks: "I picked it. It's just an instrumental. It has a beat that I've always been fond of. A lot of times (a walk-up song) is just supposed to loosen you up or make you feel up to a game, something to make you feel good I guess."
Critic commentary: "It's been a struggle for the former No. 2 draft pick, with late-game mistakes in the field and a lack of patience at the plate. You'd think the last thing the guy needs is an adrenaline rush. But this is an intriguing pick, with Chicago's Twista rapping at a mile-a-minute pace." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
J.J. Hardy, SSSong: "Flower" by Moby
Hardy: "The first time I heard the song was at the beginning of 'Gone in 60 Seconds' and I thought it was a pretty cool song. I just kind of like the beat. I don't really listen to a whole lot of music, so I don't have a lot of songs I could come out to. To be honest, I could care less what song I come out to."
Ryan Braun, LFSong: "Go Getta" by Young Jeezy
Braun: "I picked it last year. It was one of my favorite songs at the time and I've had some success with that song, so I stuck with it. Everybody has his own personal reasons for what song he chooses, but for me, it's just a song that I like that has worked for me."
Critic commentary: "No Matisyahu for the 'Hebrew Hammer?' Instead we get a rapper who can't write a rhyme, reciting tired boasts over a generic synth beat. We'll bite our tongue because Braun continues to be one the best young hitters in the game." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Prince Fielder, 1BSongs: "A Milli" by Lil Wayne
Fielder: "I have no idea. I really don't hear the music when I'm up most of the time."
Corey Hart, RFSong: "International Harvester" by Craig Morgan
Hart: "It was one of those songs that I heard and I liked. When you pick a song, you kind of want to pick something that is kind of like your personality. You want to pick something that has a good intro because you only get to hear five, 10 seconds. I liked the beginning and obviously the song kind of fit me a little bit."
Critic commentary: "You gotta love this pick. Amidst all the chest-thumping and guitar shredding of walk-up choices throughout the league, Hart goes with a good ol' boy country track about being a farmer who is unafraid to drive his tractor on the highway at 'chug-a-lug-a 5 miles an hour.' We still favor Hart's All-Star Game pick of his namesake's 'Sunglasses at Night.'" --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Bill Hall, IFSong: "Got Money" by Lil Wayne
Hall: "I like my songs to have a good beat. Hitting is a lot about rhythm, so I like to listen to a good beat while I'm walking up there to keep me relaxed and keep me in rhythm."
Mike Cameron, CFSong: "Put On" by Young Jeezy
Cameron: "When I pick my music, it tries to involve myself, personally, and to try and get the fans involved. This is one of those cities, one of those blue-collar cities that seems to relate, that's all."
Critic commentary: "The 35-year-old vet shows that he can still get down with the youngsters by picking one of the rappers du jour. It's one of Jeezy's better tracks, and it brings with it the comedic pleasure of Kanye West singing in an AutoTune-improved robot voice." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Jason Kendall, CSong: "Dig" by Mudvayne
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