Kansas City Royals Home Run Spots: Kauffman Stadium


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The Kansas City Royals of the American League are on track to break the club’s record for home runs this year. So far, the “Blue Crew” has cranked out a total of 48 dingers, putting them a step in the right direction for nailing a combined 177 homers this season.

The Midwest-based squad looks to shatter the club’s 1987 highwater mark of 168 home runs in a single season. Seasoned sluggers Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer are beginning to heat up at the plate and are ready to unleash some all-star firepower.

Under the lights. #ForeverRoyal

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Looking beyond the smoky barbecues and funky jazz tunes in Kansas City, one will find a highlight: Kauffman Stadium – often referred to as “The K.” Recognized throughout the league as one of the most alluring ballparks in the league, Kauffman Stadium serves as home field for the Royals.

Initially dubbed “Royals Stadium,” the vibrant three-tiered ballpark was renamed in 1993 to commemorate the ardent spirit and morality of the team’s original owner Ewing Kauffman. Kauffman purchased the expansion franchise in 1968 with the intention of bringing Major League dominance to the Midwest and to provide a winning club for Kansas Citians to rally behind.

“The K” first opened its doors in 1973 and has since hosted some marvelous Major League events, including two All-Star games and four World Series showdowns (1980, 1985, 2014, and 2015). The stadium has stood the test of time, undergoing a $256 million renovation in 2007. In between the outfield walls and the grassy Midwest landscape sits a row of spectacular fountains featuring cascading waterfalls. Also, there’s no way you can miss the scoreboard situated behind the centerfield fencing, which boasts the Royal’s crest.

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Jorge Soler is currently in the lead this season for launching the farthest long ball directly through centerfield and right over the crowned scoreboard at a true distance of 470 feet.

The retired “Mullet,” George Brett, spent his entire 21-season career slugging for the KC Royals, and took the club’s home run high-water mark to the next level. The Hall-of-Famer swung big during his time in Kansas City, with 317 career home runs for the Royals. Kansas City’s biggest active slugger is left fielder Alex Gordon.

Steer clear from seats too far beyond the fenceline, as your chances of catching that keepsake home run ball decreases massively. For those of you situated down the right- or left-field lines, leave your mitts open wide in sections 101, 102, 103, and 108. Sitting next to the fountains in sections 201 and 202 can never hurt either – if you don’t mind getting splashed. And if you’re chasing that high flying moon shot down, be careful not to stumble (or jump) into the water.

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The Evolution of the Kansas City Royals Jersey


Following a World Series title and some recent image-polishing, including the current obligatory addition of gold details and a crown to recent logos and uniform designs, it’s easy to get lost in the Kansas City Royals’ looks.

Ironically, the team was not named after superior ancestry at all. Rather, the Royals were named in 1968 by new owner Ewing Kauffman to honor Missouri’s own American Royal livestock brand.

After the Athletics had bolted Kansas City for Oakland following the 1967 season, the Royals became the expansion team for Kansas City in 1969.

The Athletics took their team history with them. With no history to build on, it is tough for a new team to project an air of success.

If one were to sum up the approach of the Kansas City Royals franchise to uniform design, it would be “fake it until you make it.” Now that the Royals have made it, winning last year’s World Series, their uniform style is as regal as ever.

Despite bowing to trends over the years, like powder blue road jerseys or vests over sleeved tops, the Royals’ look has largely remained true to a simpler time. And though they’ve earned the right to add some gold this year – like many a champion before them – they’ll likely stick to a traditional look for the years to come.


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Notable Uniform Changes



The original Royals home uniform is a simple white jersey with the name “Royals” scripted in blue. “Kansas City” adorns a slightly darker colored uniform for road games. This similarity between the home and away uniforms becomes a trend throughout the team’s history. Both the home and away uniforms feature the same blue cap, marked with an offset “KC.”


The still-new franchise switches the script font “Kansas City” on the road jersey to a block font. The team begins using the crown symbol on their logo patches, moving the Royals brand away from its simple farming origins.


This year marks the start of the classic light blue road uniforms, a trend of the ’70s. The Royals are one of few teams that are able to pull it off. “Kansas City” adorns the powder blue uniforms in white block letters. Both the home and away uniforms switch from button-downs to V-neck pullovers at this time.


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The road jerseys replace the “Kansas City” block letters with “Royals” in a script font. For a 12-year stretch, the road uniforms won’t include the city name; once again, the home and away uniforms bear a remarkable similarity. Player numbers are added to the lower left abdomen on both uniforms. Perhaps most importantly, both uniforms ditch the pullover look and go back to button-downs.


Two decades of beautiful sky blues end with the gray clouds of the early ’90s road uniforms. The fondly remembered blues have routinely been revived as a throwback.


Everyone starts missing the fun colors, and the team hatches its first alternate uniform: a solid blue top to match the longtime hat color, with “Royals” scripted in white, paired with white pants. A blue stripe runs the length of the pants.


For the first time since 1983, the home and away uniforms read differently. The road jersey returns to simplicity with “Kansas City” in block letters.


Joining the rest of the league in the “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion, the team adopts a “futuristic” uniform which features a bright yellow vest with blue accents. The front of the jersey reads “Royals” – with the player’s number on the right side and a black badge with a white “R” on the left side.


The road uniforms convert to the once-popular trend of the vest uniform. The vests are accompanied by black accents, as are other uniform accessories such as hats and belts.


The home jerseys fall subject to the vest trend as well, with black accents where today there would be gold. One cool detail is the addition of the “C” on the uniform of Mike Sweeney; it makes him one of the few publicly displayed captains in the entire sport.


The Royals get rid of vests for both home and road jerseys. “Kansas City” in script font is reintroduced to the road jersey.


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Today, the Royals continue to use their name in blue script on the home whites, along with blue accents, a blue belt, and a crown featured in the logo. On the road uniforms, the use of the city name remains the only difference.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

With little more than four decades of history to look back on, it’s tough to predict the future evolution of Royals jerseys. The Royals consistently seem to bow to current trends; the other constant is the remarkable lack of differences between home and away uniforms.

It isn’t even easy to pick any future retired numbers. Currently, only three are off the list of possibilities:

George Brett – No. 5

Dick Howser – No. 10

Frank White – No. 20

A safe bet: Mike Sweeney’s 29, with a “C” on the right shoulder, could one day be added to the list.

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Best Places to Watch the World Series 2015

Best places to watch the World Series

The 2015 World Series is turning out to be different than most analysts would guess. After a cliffhanger 5-4 victory in 14 innings during Game 1, the Kansas City Royals took a dominating 2-0 lead in the series when the team – fueled by an inability by New York MetsJacob deGrom to get the Royals to “take the bait” and swing and miss at his fastballs – gave the Mets an uncharacteristic 1-7 Game 2 loss at Kauffman Stadium. As the series moves to New York City and Citi Field for a three-game run, two cities hold their breath.

For one thing, sweet redemption for a heartbreaking 2014 World Series loss and the 30-year wait for a second MLB championship is two wins away (both on the road). For the other, the long road back to victory – in which, historically, the Mets only have a 17.1 percent chance of success – begins in front of a home crowd. And that home crowd has been waiting 29 years for their “other team” to claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.

For Mets and Royals fans, this series is an act of destiny and the fulfillment of a long and difficult wait for validation. For one of these teams, a more than 28-year wait will come to an end – raising the stakes for their respective fan bases to epic levels. For most fans, the absolute best place to be to see this chapter of history unfold is at the stadium, surrounded by thousands of like-minded devotees eager to share in on history.

However, there are only so many seats available for each World Series game. For those who cannot score a seat to the Big Show, watching the game at a sports bar is the next best thing. Sports bars can range from corner dives that regularly show the current game to multi-level entertainment destinations. Even the smallest of towns typically has more than one choice of where to watch the game, and choosing the right spot can ultimately make the difference in enjoying the game.

Several bars come up repeatedly in discussions about the best bars to see the World Series this year in New York City and Kansas City. These include Foley’s in Manhattan, New York – which renamed itself “Daniel Murphy’s Pub & Restaurant” in honor of the Mets; the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Astoria, New York; McFadden’s Saloon and Restaurant, which has franchises in Flushing, New York, and in Kansas City; and Kansas City’s 810 Zone. While many of these bars are known as unofficial second homes for the teams – hosting interview sessions and ex-players, for example – these bars have won their reputations at the places to watch the game because of the atmosphere of their game-day service.

“Like any Mets fan, I would rather watch the game at Citi Field,” Daniel Gargiulo, a manager at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon’s Midtown Manhattan location, said to Fanatics. “You will never know when the next time this will happen, so you would always want to actually be in a seat at the stadium. But – and this is not just because I work here – when the Mets are playing, I still like to come to McFadden’s because I know the atmosphere here. The World Series is not the time when you want to go to a bar and sit next to someone not into the game. This place is the next best thing to being at Citi Field; with the energy and cheering and signs, you can almost imagine you are watching the game in person.”

This article will look at four of the most recognized baseball bars – McFadden’s of Flushing, McFadden’s of Kansas City, Rival’s Sports Bar of Kansas City, and Foley’s of New York City – to see how these institutions became the must-go place to see the game.

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon @ Citi Field, Flushing, New York

Within the array of New York City drinking holes, McFadden’s holds a special place. Located behind the bullpen gate at Citi Field, the Irish bar has been New York’s place to cheer on the Mets since TBS featured it on the “fan cam” during its coverage of the National League Championship Series. The coverage made McFadden’s the place to be part of Mets history. “I guess the best word to describe it would be magical,” Amani Mousa, the manager of McFadden’s at Citi Field, told the Village Voice. “I mean, people were lining up. They would arrive early just so they could make sure that they were sitting on the side of the bar that was being taped. Everyone got so into it.”

Not so much a separate location as an annex for the franchise’s flagship location in Midtown Manhattan when the Mets have a home game, the Citi Field bar has become the fount for Mets excitement. During the NLCS, when the Mets had big moments – such as second baseman Daniel Murphy’s record-breaking home runs scored in six consecutive postseason games – TBS found an excuse to cut to McFadden’s, where pandemonium over the Mets reigns.

McFadden’s has a special relationship with the Mets. Due to the Citi Field location’s proximity, the bar has served as a second clubhouse for the franchise, with ex-players regularly showing up to sign autographs and to conduct meet-and-greets. A patron sitting at the bar at McFadden’s can easily hear the sounds and commotion of the field. It was the Mets that recommended McFadden’s to TBS, and it’s likely safe to assume that TBS’s coverage persuaded FOX to continue using McFadden’s for fan reactions.

“Pretty much every bar in New York City tried to capitalize on this conference series and the division series and put on their happy hour specials to draw in a crowd,” Mousa said. “But people already associate McFadden’s Citi Field with the Mets, and they know that we’re the place to be before, after, and during the game.”

“We’re the true home to Mets fans – any other bar would be like a duplicate. No disrespect to them, but you really can’t compete with us.”

Somewhere between a dive bar and a destination, McFadden’s is known for its raucous, hard-partying staff, easygoing nature, and comfortable atmosphere. This has been known to get out of control, as was the case in 2008 when – at the Midtown location – a man wearing a FDNY T-shirt got in a fight with a group of firefighters that spread to include approximately 20 people and led to the arrest of two firefighters. The bar closed following the incident and reopened under new management.

Depending on when you attend, the bar can be called a college bar, an after-college bar, a yuppie bar, a sports bar, or a reporter’s bar. But, despite all this, the bar is one of New York’s most popular, which has led to many imitators. It is not unlikely to have business magnates, actors, and politicians drinking at the bar at the same time as ordinary New Yorkers and tourists.

Above all else, McFadden’s is a Mets bar, which is extended to all bars under the franchise – franchisees typically give specials and discounts when the Mets play. For a New Yorker who can’t get a ticket to Citi Field – and for many who can, but just want a place to get a drink – there is no place better than McFadden’s.

“I haven’t had the chance to talk to many of our patrons about the World Series, but from those I have, there is real excitement,” said Garguilo. “Many have brought in signs and you can feel the energy with this crowd. It’s an amazing thing to be part of.”

McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Kansas City, Missouri

It’s a strange thing to be at a Mets bar in Royals Country. However, for the McFadden’s franchise in Kansas City, this doesn’t seem to be a problem. Following the Royals’ 2014 sweep of the American League division series, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer held a one-hour Happy Hour at McFadden’s during which he picked up the tab for everyone to show appreciation of their support over the year. The bar tab totaled about $15,000, of which Hosmer paid $3,000. His teammates covered the rest.

Despite the fact that it is a franchise of the Manhattan flagship bar, Kansas City’s McFadden’s Saloon has become a standout in the city’s mixed-use Power & Light District. In the free-spirited district – which is the only place in the city that permits drinking on the streets – the high-tech venue, which includes multiple high-definition plasma TVs, large projection screens, digital surround sound, and drink specials when the game is on, has become the popular spot to watch the game.

It also helps that the bar’s older sister is regularly featured in the World Series telecast.

Foley’s New York Pub and Restaurant, New York, New York

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For many Irish, the somber ballad “Danny Boy” has become an unfortunate stereotype for all things Irish; almost an anthem to wrap up and quantify the American interpretation of what it means to be Irish in North America – good, bad, correct, and incorrect. While the song itself – an ode to great sacrifice and lost – is within itself not offensive, its overuse has taken on a special meaning within itself.

One bar in New York City decided to do something about it. In a moment that the bar still proudly promotes, the bar banned the playing of “Danny Boy” for the month of March 2008. The argument made? It is overplayed at the expense of other Irish songs, it is one of the most depressing songs of all times, and it was written by a man who has never set foot in Ireland. The ban brought Foley’s international coverage, including a skit on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and simultaneous front page coverage on AOL, MSN, Comcast, and Yahoo!

For Foley’s – temporarily renamed Daniel Murphy’s Pub & Restaurant in recognition of the Mets’ record-making slugger – it is these types of stunts that made it one of New York City’s best-known and most beloved Irish and baseball bars. The home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, the bar takes seriously its love of the game and of its owner’s heritage, which has led to the bar having regular patrons such as Mets third baseman David Wright. Only a decade old, the bar feels older due to a manufactured authenticity, such as the presentation of antique scorecards and bricks from Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“There’s really no baseball bar like this in New York,” said a patron to The New York Times. “It’s kind of like they deconstructed baseball down to its essence.”

Among the memorabilia in the bar are stadium seats, World Series rings, over 3,000 autographed baseballs, and an assortment of bobbleheads. Currently, Foley’s is regularly at capacity as the Mets continue their hunt for their long-awaited World Series title. Owner Shaun Clancy has indicated that the name change may be permanent should Murphy have an extraordinary performance in the World Series and the Mets win.

Rivals Sports Bar, Kansas City, Missouri

As Citi Field has McFadden’s, Kauffman Stadium has Rivals Sports Bar, which is located just beyond the stadium’s right-field fountains. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass, the bar offers one of the best views of the game available in the stadium. With a 360-degree bar, a 103-inch flat-screen TV, and retractable warehouse doors that allow an open-air setting, this ticket holder–only bar offers a sense of class for fans who want to seek a more comfortable way to enjoy the game.

Rivals is owned by the Royals organization and is ran by Aramark; as such, it is functionally a second clubhouse in the ballpark. While the chance of meeting an ex-player here is not as high as at McFadden’s, you can reserve a table against the glass, overlooking first base and offering an exceptional view of the game.


World Series Rivalry Mets vs Royals

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On a cursory glance at the 2015 World Series matchup of the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals, little separates the teams. Both have been in a long drought since their last Major League Baseball championships – the Mets won their last World Series in 1986, while the Royals last won in 1985.

Both are teams fueled by freshman-heavy squads, and both lost in their last chance to win the World Series in crushing style. The Mets’ 2006 run was stopped when the St. Louis Cardinals beat them in the National League Championship Series 4-3, while the Royals lost the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants with a Game 7 score of 3-2 – with the tying run on third base when Royals catcher Salvador Perez fouled out and ended the game. The Royals’ 2014 World Series run ended a 28-season streak of failure to make the postseason one of the longest in post wild card–game MLB history.

The sad, almost unbearable truth is that despite the teams’ similarities, no rivalry exists between the Mets and the Royals – either imagined or historical. While the Royals and New York’s other team – the Yankees – have a storied and heated rivalry that is likely to cause bar fights and intense arguments whenever the two play (in part due to the back and forth between the two perennial American League Championship Series participants between 1976 and 1980), Kansas City and New York – for the most part – genuinely like each other.

Besides the Yankees and the Royals, no New York or Kansas City team in any sport has a serious grudge against each other. A historical example of the cities’ “frenemies” status is that the A’s – while they were still in Kansas City – regularly and willingly farmed its players to the Yankees during the mid to late ’50s, including one notably lopsided trade for future home run record holder Roger Maris.

Despite the lack of gunpowder preloaded in this contest, this World Series is likely to be one for the history books. In the majority of predictions about the World Series, experts suspect the matchup to see Game 7 but are evenly divided on who will win. CBS Sports, for example, has the Royals winning the series three experts to two. Bovada has the series on even money, while Sportsbook.ag has the Mets as slight favorites.

While most analyst media outlets – including International Business Times and SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio – are currently predicting the Mets to squeak out a win, this fight will be one for the ages and likely the cause of a new sports rivalry. With the Royals’ fastball-hitting specialists going against the best fastball artists in the league with the Mets’ starters, the arguments about this series have already began; Bleacher Report has taken the controversial position of calling the series in six games for the Royals while Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has predicted that the Mets are the team of the future, with Rodriguez predicting the team to win three or four out of the next five World Series.

Charting the Start of a Rivalry

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In the modern information era, social media is the chronicle of what’s happening and what the populace thinks of what’s happening. In a cursory glance of hashtag #RoyalsMets on Twitter, you get tweets like these:


#FallClassic #RoyalsMets – KC I’ve been a loyal fan since 1985. Win or lose. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! #KansasCityRoyals


#RoyalsMets write it down


Baseball season is back. #royalsmets

Hashtag #worldseries added tweets such as:


Today’s the day! #WorldSeries world-series-cup #LGM mets-apple


Ok #Royals imma need you to come out hella strong tn!! #worldseries world-series-cup


#WorldSeries world-series-cupStarts Tonight Also…Damn I Love Sports

Overwhelmingly, there is a lack of animosity or venom in the conversations over social media. For the most part, everyone is excited for a remarkable matchup to begin.

This feeling is reflected in the sentiment analysis of Mets mentions in Missouri and Royals mentions in New York. In some of the highest scores reported during this Fall Classic, the two host cities have little to say bad about the opposition team. Missouri’s mentions about the Mets illustrate St. Louis’s generally good feelings about New York; at 0.45, Missouri reported the best sentiment score of any team at any point of this year’s World Series race.

New York, which generally is regarded as more cynical than other states, scored a 0.36 toward Missouri, which is in line with the sentiment scores New York registered for other series teams.

A Sentimental Game

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Scoring an almost perfect sentiment score is Kansas City’s left fielder Alex Gordon, a one-time Platinum Glove, four-time Gold Glove, and three-time Fielding Bible award winner who is among the most popular baseball players currently playing. It is rumored that this season will be Gordon’s last with the Royals. Gordon is one of the Royals’ heavy hitters, playing a significant role in the team’s ALCS victory this year.

“KC” as a term also came in high with a 0.73 sentiment score – “KC” refers to Kansas City – with Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, former Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman/right fielder Bobby Bonilla – who received the first of his annual deferment checks of about $1.2 million from the Mets this year – and the term “Escobar” also top the sentiment list. The term “escobar” is likely a reference to Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

An interesting term on the sentiment list is “Hugwatch”: a reference to players hugging each other in the dugout. This usually happens when a player plays his last game – either due to a trade or retirement; in a show of emotion, the player leaves the dugout by hugging each of his teammates. With several players on both teams likely to retire or be traded after the World Series, the “Hug Watch” alert level is currently high.

Likely, many players – following the end of this series – will have reasons to hug one another. Rarely is there a World Series with this immense amount of talent and noticeably low level of bad blood.

For fans of the Mets and the Royals and for baseball fans worldwide, this World Series will be one to remember – one of two very deserving teams will be rewarded for a postseason many already believe is among the best in recent memory.

Enjoy the teams player walk up songs, New York Mets & Kansas City Royals playlists.



 We pulled every tweet from the 2015 MLB Season with #Mets in the state of Missouri and #Royals in the state of New York, and using the Alchemy API, we looked at the targeted sentiment score of the most commonly used terms throughout. The targeted sentiment looks at the words around a particular term and determines on a scale of -1 to 1 how negative or positive these words are, with 0 being neutral.

Kansas City Royals Walk-Up Songs

In Toronto, it feels a little bit like history repeating. In 1985, the Toronto Blue Jays led the Kansas City Royals 3-1 to lose three straight, handing the Royals the American League Championship Series. For Blue Jays fans, there has been some hostility toward their Kansas City counterparts for this blown opportunity.

Jump to this year: The Blue Jays started the series down two to the Royals in this season’s ALCS, before rebounding in Game 3. With Kansas City but one game away from repeating 1985, the Royals are on the brink of their second-straight World Series. However, that one game failed to materialize in Game 5, when the Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1 on the back of a blown umpire call to force a Game 6.

For two never-say-die teams, this series is evolving to be one of the best pairings in this post-season. The Royals – with their strong bullpen and formidable defense – were considered a favorite in this post-season. The Blue Jays, however, have proven this year that they play best when cornered, defeating the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series after starting the series 0-2.

“We’ve been through a bunch of hurdles all year,” Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello told Fox News. “We were 7 1/2 games (back) at the deadlines. … We had to claw back from that. We were down two games back in the division series and we clawed back from that. I’ll tell you what, we’re going to leave everything we have out there.”

The Heartbeat of a Series

As the world tunes in to watch this tug-of-war battle continue in Game 6 in Kansas City, it will be the Royals’ entrance music that frames the fight at Kauffman Stadium. It is easy to overlook how 15 seconds (or less) of music can affect anything, but in reality, the music played while a player moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box or from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound can undermine or make that player’s performance.

“The snippet of song you’ve chosen has to make you want to hit a baseball really freaking hard,” wrote Jay Tymkovich in his analysis of what makes a good walk-up song. “Rhythm and sound correlate remarkably well with certain physical actions; some songs make you want to slow dance, just like some songs make you want to jump up and down in a mosh pit. I would hazard a guess that every human being in the world knows a song that burrows deep down into his or her gut, and activates a desire to pick up a club and start smashing.”

For players waiting to take the field, walk-up songs are the only chance to intimidate their opponents, rile up the crowd, or psych themselves up. For the crowd, walk-up songs show a side of the player that the average fan would otherwise not be privy to. For many, their favorite player can just as easily be identified by their walk-up song as by the number on their jersey.

As the Royals conclude their matchup with the Blue Jays, we have compiled a list of the Royals players’ entrance music, including the favorites of the hitting and relief pitching squads.

Sounds of the Kansas City Royals - Player walk up songs

The Kansas City Beat

In Game 1, when Royals catcher Salvador Perez came out to hit his third home run of the post-season, he was introduced to Plan B’s “Fanatica Sensual.” In Game 2, when relievers Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis capped a five-run seventh inning to secure a come-from-behind win, they entered to Tego Calderón’s “El Abayarde” and Dr. Dre’s “Ackrite,” respectively.

Overwhelmingly, Latin music and hip-hop dominates the Royals’ walk-up playlist. According to MLB.com, Alcides Escobar (Zion y Lennox’s “Pierdo la Cabeza”), Edinson Volquez (Maceo’s “Full de Vacaneria”), Johnny Cueto (El Mayor Clasico ft. Shadow Blow’s “Como Antes” and Vakero ft. Kunin’s “Deja tu Envidia”), and Omar Infante (Daddy Yankee’s “Sígueme y Te Sigo”) all enter to a Latino beat. Likewise, Alex Gordon (G-Eazy’s “I Mean It”), Chris Young (Jay-Z’s “Young Forever”), Christian Colon (Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross’s “Off the Corner”), and Lorenzo Cain (Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”) all enter to hip-hop.

This differs from the league overall, whose players enter to hip-hop and rock primarily. Of note among the Royals’ current walk-up playlist is Ben Zobrist; he enters to his wife Julianna Zobrist’s song “The Dawn.”

As the Royals continue their epic fight against the Blue Jays for the coveted honor of meeting the New York Mets in the World Series, walk-up music will play more of an essential role than ever. While there is no basis for arguing that a walk-up song improves performance, it does directly affect the player’s mindset, which can mean the difference in such a tightly contested matchup.

“Walk-up songs are the ultimate form of expression – a 10-second sample for tens of thousands of a player’s most devoted fans to hear,” wrote baseball blogger Andrew Erickson. “It’s a pretty amazing thing knowing one song can make even more of an impact than John Cusack with a trench coat and a boombox.”

Royals fans can watch the game at McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Kansas City, Missouri

Update: find other MLB teams’ player walk up songs at the MLB Walk Up Songs application at Fanatics