08/01/2008 3:29 PM ET
@-bat music: Giants
Team by the Bay mixes it up musically
By Doug Miller and David Biderman / MLB.com
The San Francisco Giants have a diverse clubhouse, with players this year from the United States, Puerto Rico, Japan, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and even Brooklyn. And their walk-up music reflects that variety, with at-bat selections ranging from current hip-hop to classic rock to thrash metal.
With several ball-playing musicians in the mix -- Barry Zito is a guitarist and songwriter and Omar Vizquel has been known to bang around a drum kit or belt out a Goo Goo Dolls cover -- it's easy to see why the Giants' personal soundtracks reflect a true passion for song.
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 Giants' jingles:
Omar Vizquel, SS
Song: "Anything by Led Zeppelin or AC/DC"
Vizquel: "I don't care which song it is. I just tell them those two bands, and to please play it loud. I play the drums, so obviously I like those bands, the harder bands. Led Zeppelin is my favorite."
Critic commentary: "Wait. ANYTHING, Omar? OK, I dare you: Walk up to bat with 'The Battle of Evermore' playing sometime this summer, and I'll personally buy you a vat of pine tar." --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Fred Lewis, OF
Song: "My Hood" by Young Jeezy
Lewis: "There's not much to why I chose it. It's music I like. It kind of shows where I'm from, a little bit. I guess it tells a little bit about me."
Aaron Rowand, CF
Songs: "Living Dead" and "Never Gonna Give Up" by Rob Zombie
Rowand: "They get you pumped up. They're just good tunes. I really like Rob Zombie, but there's not much more to it."
John Bowker, 1B
Song: "Outta Control" by 50 Cent featuring Mobb Deep
Bowker: "I used the song in [Double-A] Connecticut all last year. It's nothing special, really. It just works."
Critic commentary: "Per the lyrics, Bowker just wants to get his party on, and he's got what this place takes to make the club go ... what? That's right: Outta control. Holla!" --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Bengie Molina, C
Songs: "Muevela" by Angel and Khriz; "Sexy Can I" by Ray J
Molina: "I have the Ray J song because my daughters like that music. I don't change it often, though. Before, I had 'Can't Be Touched' by Roy Jones Jr. for like seven years."
Randy Winn, OF
Song: "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West
Winn: "I pick a new song about once a year. I would say maybe I hear the song once a game. Usually, you're so focused on your at-bats that you don't even hear it."
Rich Aurilia, IF
Song: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys
Aurilia: "Obviously, it's fitting for me. I grew up in Brooklyn, and I always listened to [The Beastie Boys]. I've used it my whole career."
Critic commentary: "Aurilia proclaims his outer-borough heritage with this classic, which, 22 years later, still boasts the greatest guitar riff in hip-hop history. And if you wanna get real dramaturgical with the lyrics, it's not a bad theme song for the grind of 162 games a year, either." --Whitney Pastorek, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. David Biderman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.