05/30/2008 1:39 PM ET
@-bat music: Cleveland Indians
Tribe tunes run gamut from new pop to past classics
By Doug Miller and Mike Scarr / MLB.com
Ask the Cleveland Indians about their walk-up songs and they come up with all sorts of responses: In Grady Sizemore's case, for example, you never know what you might get, because, as the leadoff man and center fielder says, "I've got a different one every day."
Meanwhile, catcher Victor Martinez sticks to his Venezuelan roots, opting for a meringue classic and an occasional salsa selection.
Then there's designated hitter Travis "Pronk" Hafner, who opts for the industrial thrash of German outfit Rammstein. And then there's David Dellucci, whose choice of song turns out to be an offer the Progressive Field fans can't refuse.
MLB.com/Entertainment will be 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 walk-up tunes of the Tribe:
Grady Sizemore, CF
Song: "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine; "The Trance is the Motion" by Static-X
Sizemore: "Whatever I feel like listening to that day, whatever is moving me. If it's your song, you know it's coming, so you're listening for it. I'm focused on what I'm doing. Maybe some guys are different. I change mine so much because I'm so superstitious. It's whatever I feel like. I've got weird stuff going on."
Critic commentary: "Presumably, the choice of the Static-X cut has less to do with good taste in music than the effect Sizemore has on the Progressive Field ladies. Lest he be called a pretty boy, though, one has to assume 'Killing In The Name' is a message of reinforced menace to opposing pitchers." --Kenny Herzog, Contributing Editor, Heeb Magazine/Freelance Music Critic
David Dellucci, OF/DH
Song: Theme from "The Godfather" by Nino Rota
Dellucci: "I usually like to use a heavy metal song, something with a heavy guitar riff. Every once in a while I'll have them throw in the theme from 'The Godfather' because I am full-blooded Italian, so it's a good mix, but usually it's something heavy metal. 'The Godfather' started in Texas and somebody brought it up as a suggestion, and I did it one game and had a real good game. They wouldn't do it all the time, but it would be like one at-bat during the game and the fans loved it in Texas and it caught on. I haven't really done it in Cleveland yet but I was thinking of doing it."
Critic commentary: "Hello, opposing pitcher. I am Italian. If you strike me out, my family will strike you down, or at the very least, put a horse's head in your bed. Proceed with caution." --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Victor Martinez, C
Songs: "Rosalia" by Juan Luis Guerra
Martinez: "It's a meringue song, and I like it. I hear it (on the field), and I chose it for a reason. It's the music I like."
Travis Hafner, DH
Song: "Du Hast" and other songs by Rammstein
Hafner: "I just keep the same stuff from year to year unless there is something new that I like, but I've had a lot of stuff for the past few years that I've liked, just kind of stuff that gets you pumped up. I hear it when I walk up and it gets you fired up a bit. If it didn't do something for me, I'd pick something else. A lot of the stuff I listen to, I work out to, to get a little fired up for a workout. Other than that, I just listen to Top 40 music in my car."
Ryan Garko, 1B/DH
Song: "The Boss" by Rick Ross
Garko: "(Pitcher) C.C. (Sabathia) picks my walk-up songs. He listens to better music. I just go to and ask what I should go to now, and he always has something good for me. He pays attention on the days that he's not pitching on which songs I hit good with and which ones I should stick with and which ones I should not go with. I usually have something that is on the radio so other people like it and not just me. I don't like these guys that have something really obscure that no one has ever heard of."
Critic commentary: "A little disappointing that he would choose one of Ross' most blatant bids for of-the-moment chart success, as it features the ever-trendy vocoder stylings of T Pain. But I suppose the message behind the title can't hurt in inflating Garko's bravado when he comes to the plate." --Kenny Herzog, Contributing Editor, Heeb Magazine/Freelance Music Critic
Casey Blake, 3B
Song: "All These Things I've Done" by the Killers; "Read My Mind" by the Killers; "No Leaf Clover" by Metallica; "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider
Blake: "I'm kind of into the Killers right now. I still like Metallica. I like to be on the cutting edge, yet keep some old-school stuff in there, too. Sometimes you get flustered a bit if they don't play the right part of the song. They cue it up in the middle. Like in 'Lunatic Fringe,' the best part is the beginning and they cue it up in the middle. That happened the first time I played it and I was like, 'What was that?'"
Critic commentary: "You would have thought 'Casey At The Bat' would suffice suitably. But the selection of 'No Leaf Clover' at least indicates he doesn't need any lucky charms to mash the ball over the fence." --Kenny Herzog, Contributing Editor, Heeb Magazine/Freelance Music Critic
Jamey Carroll, IF
Songs: "Superhero" by Jane's Addiction; "Pink Houses" by John Mellencamp; "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band
Critic commentary: "Is it possible to hear three songs and know everything about a person? 'Superhero' is the 'Entourage' theme song, a show whose appeal to ballplayers is obvious; 'Pink Houses' means Carroll fancies himself a patriot; 'Ants Marching' proves he hasn't bought a new album since freshman year of college. Forget strikes -- maybe pitchers should just throw iTunes gift cards at this guy." --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Kelly Shoppach, C
Song: "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page; "Save A Horse" by Big & Rich
Critic commentary: "Diddy's interminable 'Kashmir' remix and the most grating country song ever recorded? Oh, Kelly. Time for an upgrade. Let's do Kanye West's 'Stronger' (Daft Punk = just as epic as Zeppelin!) and look into some Shooter Jennings, perhaps? 'Put the O Back in Country' has a nice pun in it, too ..." --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.