Music of the Diamonds: MLB Walkup Songs

Growing up, there were two things I really enjoyed about going to Cincinnati Reds games. One was the way John Walton would introduce Barry Larkin, and the other was listening to players’ walk-up songs to decide who my favorite player would be that year. (This season’s favorite is Todd Frazier, who went with “Come Fly With Me” and “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra). Of course, sometimes players choose great songs and sometimes they choose… questionable songs. Here’s a list of players from around the league and what their music choices say about them:


Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

“Lucifer” by Jay-Z, “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones: Votto has some dark secrets.


Alex Rios – Texas Rangers

“Beggin’” by Madcon: He wishes it was still 2008, when he had a new contract and was on a team that wasn’t last in its division.


JJ Hardy – Baltimore Orioles

“Flower” by Moby: JJ Hardy is basically the coolest person in baseball. Especially since he didn’t end up with the Yankees.


Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

“Drop That #NaeNae” by We Are Toonz: I’d like to think he chose this because he was a big fan of the TV show “Martin.” I don’t know if there’s any other explanation.


David Robertson – New York Yankees

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd: He’s from Alabama.


Ryan Flaherty – Baltimore Orioles

“The Wild Rover” by Dropkick Murphys: Like the Dropkick Murphys, he wishes he was as Irish as his name.


Jake McGee – Tampa Bay Rays

“My Way” by Limp Bizkit: He has a very aggressive personality and he’s filled with angst. Just look at that face.

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