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@-bat music: Houston Astros09/29/2008 12:16 PM ET
By Doug Miller and Krysten Oliphant / MLB.com
The Houston Astros fought for the National League Wild Card and came up a little short in 2008, but the pieces might be in place for a run at the Postseason in 2009, and the team figures to gear up with a few offseason changes to enhance its solid nucleus.
In the meantime, the 'Stros are going to have to get a bit more musical. A recent trip through the Minute Maid Park home clubhouse showed that the hitters aren't exactly jazzed when asked to select personal walk-up music, although a few choice cuts were revealed.
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 are (what remains of) the Astros' songs:
Miguel Tejada, SSSong: "As Good as I Once Was" by Toby Keith; Dominican meringue song
Tejada: "Toby Keith, I like him. Just because two years ago when I played for the Orioles he came for the rodeo, and in the training room they were playing Toby Keith. I liked it. The other one is just something I picked from a Dominican band. I just like to hear it."
Critic commentary: "In his 30s and with an age controversy to boot, this might not send the best message as free agency approaches, huh, Miguel? Try something more upbeat, say, Snoop's 'What's My Name?' Oh. Right." -- Ernest Jasmin, Pop music critic, Tacoma (Wash.) News-Tribune
Geoff Blum, IFSong: "The Red" by Chevelle
Blum: "I like anything, pretty much,by Chevelle. I know I requested 'The Red,' but anything by Chevelle. It's just my favorite band. I just found out about them a couple of years ago and have been to a couple of their concerts. I just enjoy their music, like their style."
Hunter Pence, OFSong: "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against the Machine; "Coming Undone" by Korn
Pence: "They (stadium operators) have a bunch of them. I just let them take care of it. I gave them a few songs that I'd like to hear and they pick them. I just used 'Renegades Of Funk' coming up through the Minors and had some success with it. It has a decent intro. No real reason, it's just music."
Critic commentary: "This guy will be my hero if he switches to the old-school Afrika Bambaataa version next time the 'Stros wear throwbacks. The Rage remake should get the crowd fired up, though. But 'Coming Undone?' Could come back to haunt him on those oh-fer nights." -- Ernest Jasmin, Pop music critic, Tacoma (Wash.) News-Tribune
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