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@-bat music: New York Mets09/19/2008 12:45 PM ET
By Doug Miller and Jon Blau / MLB.com
The New York Mets have had Shea Stadium rocking in the ballpark's last year of existence, and it hasn't all been because of the fact that they're in the mix for a National League East title or Wild Card berth. Shea has been a hotbed of musical variety, and much of it comes from the creative palettes of the Mets hitters themselves.
The Mets find musical inspiration in a lot of different places, with star players hailing from places as varied as the Dominican Republic, Virginia and Puerto Rico. And while not all of the hitters were personally responsible for the songs that play while they're walking up to the plate, the Shea crowds have responded with their usual enthusiasm.
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 have changed over the course of the 2008 campaign for various -- and often superstitious -- reasons, but rest assured that we've been featuring the songs straight from the players' plate play lists at press time.
Here is the Mets' music:
Jose Reyes, SSSong: "Speedin'" by Rick Ross featuring R. Kelly; "Una Siguelo" by Wisin Y Yandel; "Una Mirada" by Omega
Reyes: "I like it. I know the guy, the last one [Omega]. I try to have something that's enjoyable, that the fans can enjoy, too, when I come up to hit. It's about me, too. I like it. I don't want to put on some weird song, some slow song. I want something that everybody can feel it a little bit. Last year I had two songs, too. Every year, one of my friends comes up with a song for me. Most guys have more than one song. They say, basically here, every at-bat you can have multiple songs. I like to have as many as they say you can."
Critic commentary: "Every base-stealer around seems to make use of 'Speedin',' but I prefer Wisin Y Yandel's raucous club banger, which sounds like a ranchero genetically spliced with some stray bit of Rob Base's 'It Takes Two.' After the clubhouse, it's the after-party." --Saul Austerlitz, freelance critic for the Boston Globe and other publications
Ryan Church, RFSongs: "Hold On" by Korn; "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
Church: "('Hold On') is just about the beat, how it starts off with the intro. The 'Crazy Train' track, I got from Chipper Jones back in the day. It's a pretty sweet song to come up to. I heard it on TV. I screwed up watching the Braves, took a liking to that song, and he thinks that I copied him. It's pretty cool. It's funny. We laugh about it. I don't even hear it. I am too focused on different things. I hear it the first time, but after that, it's history. I don't even care, but since they asked, I gave them those two songs. If I'm not hitting well, I keep the same ones, I don't care."
Critic commentary: "This is pretty heavy stuff to be listening to for someone who just had two concussions, although the idea of someone with the last name Church invoking Ozzy as a muse is quite rock 'n' roll." --Kenny Herzog, music/pop culture critic, NudeCelebrityDeathSUV.com, UncensoredInterview.com
David Wright, 3BSongs: "Grindin" by Clipse; "Uh Oh" by Lumidee; "Can't Be Stopped" by Roy Jones Jr.
Wright: "I can't remember how we came up with one in Spring Training. But I remember Rac [bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello] and the clubhouse guys helped me choose one. But the one I have now ('Grindin''), it's by a group from Virginia. That's why it's played."
Critic commentary: "After entering the league with a fairly fratty choice of the Beastie Boys' 'Brass Monkey,' it's actually kind of nice to see David give a hometown shout-out to Virginia by using Clipse. As for Roy Jones, well, I'd personally rather hear Simon And Garfunkel's 'The Boxer.'" --Kenny Herzog, music/pop culture critic, NudeCelebrityDeathSUV.com, UncensoredInterview.com
Fernando Tatis, LFSong: "Theme from 'Superman'" composed and conducted by John Williams
Tatis: "I don't care. I don't even know what it sounds like. Somebody was joking with me. I have no idea. They just put it on and play it."
Critic commentary: "Brag much? Although given the way he's saved the Mets time and again this season, the comparisons to a certain caped crusader are not entirely inappropriate." --Saul Austerlitz, freelance critic for Boston Globe and other publications
Damion Easley, IFSong: "Too Legit to Quit" by MC Hammer
Easley: "I really have no say in it at all. I don't pick any of them. It's not something I put any importance in. In fact, I don't even think about it until I walkin' up there and listening to it and I'm like, 'Why did they pick that one?' It's the last thing on my mind. I don't think about it until I walk up there and I'm like, 'I don't like that song.' The only one I like is MC Hammer, 'Too Legit to Quit.' That's the only one that I kind of like. They play that for one at-bat. I don't even know if that's my third at-bat, first, I don't know when they put it on, but I know that's one of the three or four songs they have for me. I like the concept: Too legit to quit."
Critic commentary: "Easley was already of legal age when this song first came out, so I guess that makes this more nostalgia for his youth than ironic Hammer shout-out." --Saul Austerlitz, freelance critic for Boston Globe and other publications
Brian Schneider, CSong: "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
Schneider: "I just know stuff that's on the radio. If it's a good beat, sometimes if I hear a guy from another team walk up to it and it sounds good, and sometimes I just tell the guy upstairs to pick something for me. I'm not a big song guy coming up to bat. You hear something you like, or like I said, sometimes I'm good to play, and I tell them to play whatever the hell they want to play. It depends if I'm getting hits or not. If not, I'll tell them to change it up. If I'm getting hits, I won't say anything."
Critic commentary: "Nothing gets me pumped like an ominous, largely ambient track that was inspired by the songwriter's divorce. Good to see I'm not alone." --Kenny Herzog, music/pop culture critic, NudeCelebrityDeathSUV.com, UncensoredInterview.com
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