07/25/2008 2:07 PM ET
@-bat music: Orioles
Bird songs offer humor, adrenaline and local flavor
By Doug Miller and Amanda Comak / MLB.com
The Baltimore Orioles are rebuilding with young pitching, but they still have a veteran presence in the clubhouse with proven Major Leaguers. This mixture of youth and experience produces an up-and-coming team on the field and a vast variety of music when it's time for the Orioles' hitters to come to the plate.
There's classic radio rock that brings back memories of the great, Cal Ripken Jr.-led teams of the 1980s, there's current hip-hop, there's the Latino influence of the team's catcher and third baseman, and there's also a sense of humor thrown in here and there.
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 Baltimore bird songs:
Melvin Mora, 3B
Song: "La Vida es un Carnaval" by Celia Cruz
Kevin Millar, 1B/DH
Song: "Trippin'" by Godsmack
Millar: "I've always come up to Godsmack, probably since '03. I've always had some form of Godsmack in there and then I'll have somebody else so basically, if it's not working, I'll change it. If I'm not hitting or the team's not doing well, I'll change my music, so that's a big part of what I mess around with."
Critic commentary: "Millar's paltry batting average has seen him steadily drop down in the Oriole lineup, but he can't blame his riff-heavy, stadium-friendly choice of walk-up song. Much like their sonic brethren in Metallica, Godsmack serves up heavy metal for the masses." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Brian Roberts, 2B
Songs: "We All Make Mistakes" by Submersed
Aubrey Huff, DH/3B
Song: "So Hot" by Kid Rock
Critic commentary: "The hot-hitting Huff's desire to 'round the bases' clearly isn't reserved just for baseball, as he goes with Kid Rock's ode to nightclub dancers. During his now-infamous appearance on the 'Bubba the Love Sponge' radio show last year, Huff provided extensive details on his pre-game routine. Let's just say that it's a bit different from legend Wade Boggs' habit of eating chicken before each game." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Luke Scott, LF
Song: "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions
Scott: "It's a classic. I like classic rock, I think it's got a good beat, a good intro and a good beginning to the song. It's something I enjoy."
Critic commentary: "The reigning AL Player of the Week has taken his game to new heights with the help of a classic walk-up pick from the hair band legends. The track makes up for its almost comical mid-1980s innuendo with a rip-roaring chorus that sends a jolt throughout Camden Yards." --Jim Welte, freelance music writer
Nick Markakis, RF
Song: "Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn
Adam Jones, CF
Songs: "Lollipop" by Lil Wayne
Jones: "I'm a hip-hop kind of dude, I like the song and I just like hearing it when I go up to the plate, more or less. I've always used hip-hop every time I come up to the plate. I just hear a song that's catchy and I'm like, 'Oh, OK, that's catchy,' and then I try to get a part that's more or less the chorus, the best part of the song, without any vulgar language or anything like that, so I can hear the little buzz going around when it comes up."
Ramon Hernandez, C
Song: "Llorasas" by Oscar D'Leon
Hernandez: "I have two salsa songs and one reggaeton song. Salsa because I like salsa and reggaeton is just something to mix it up with that follows the same rhythm. Sometimes you pay a little bit of attention because it lets you forget about where you are for a minute and lets you relax."
Jay Payton, OF
Song: "The Way You Move" by Outkast
Payton: "My girlfriend picked them. She threw some suggestions at me and I picked. I never paid much attention before, but I notice them now because I actually had input into them. I'm either getting a hit or I'm not -- it has nothing to do with my music. I wish it did, because then I'd be all about it."
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. Amanda Comak is an Associate Reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.