Toronto Blue Jays Walk-Up Songs

The world is watching as the Toronto Blue Jays won the wild card game with a walk-off homerun in the 11th inning. Blue Jays fans still believe. And the team just may pull it off.

As you watch the game, listen carefully for a time-honored baseball tradition: In any MLB game, the moment marking a player’s transition from sidelines to spotlight – whether it be from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box or from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound – is taut with excitement and anticipation.

Cue the walk-up music.

A player’s walk-up song is crucial. In those final seconds that it takes to enter the field, this anthem gives the crowd a chance to show their overwhelming support and the player a chance to gather his confidence and focus on the challenge ahead. While the title, artist, and genre of the song depend on each player’s personal preference, you’ll notice some common themes in players’ song selections.

Songs of the Blue Jays

Sounds of the Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays prefer hip-hop over any other genre: Thirteen players chose rap songs for their walk-up music. Both Dalton Pompey and Jose Bautista decided on songs by Toronto native Drake (“Know Yourself” and “Trophies” respectively), while the remaining 11 chose songs by rap artists ranging from Kendrick Lamar (“Alright”) and Wiz Khalifa (“We Dem Boyz”) to The Notorious B.I.G. (“Hypnotize”) and Naughty by Nature (“Hip Hop Hooray”).

The rest of the team has varied tastes. Pop is the second-most popular genre, followed by country, R&B, and Latin. David Price and Roberto Osuna hype up the crowd with electronic music, while Marco Estrada and Brett Cecil take a different approach with heavy metal hits; Scott Copeland stands alone in his choice of Bob Marley’s reggae/ska sound, while Drew Hutchison appeals to the crowd with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special.” And, believe it or not, R.A. Dickey enters the field with the theme song from “Game of Thrones” announcing his arrival.

Do Songs Affect Stats?

Our research of the MLB overall uncovered some interesting data concerning walk-up music. Players who chose hip-hop songs, for example, actually hit the fewest home runs, while players who opted for indie/alternative music hit the most. Whether or not walk-up music has any sort of correlation to player performance, fans hope some of these songs help energize the Blue Jays during the rest of their series performance. While you wait for the next game, check out the Spotify playlist we put together of the Blue Jays’ favorite walk-up songs, and stay tuned for the rest of our walk-up music analysis!

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

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New York Mets Walk-Up Songs

If you are a fan of the New York Mets, you have a lot to be happy about. The New York Mets play in the 2016 off-season again. 

The Soundtrack of a Sweep

While sometimes overlooked, a team’s walk-up music helps to frame a player’s performance. For the 15 seconds a player has to advance from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box or from the bullpen to the pitching mound, the walk-up music is the only chance that player has to psych himself up, to get the crowd behind him, or to intimidate his opponent. For most players, the walk-up song is a serious part of the superstition of play, requiring debate and deliberation about its choice and blind adherence should it yield positive results.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen that one U.F.C. movie with Kevin James in it,” d’Arnaud told The New York Times, referencing the comedy “Here Comes the Boom.” “The teacher talks about how in war they used to play their battle songs to get you ready for the war. And for me, that moment, that’s my war with the pitcher, so I need something to get me hyped up and get me ready to go out there and see a baseball coming at me at 95 miles an hour.”

While the idea of personalized entrance music for baseball players is a relatively new one – popularized in the movie “Major League” – it has become as quintessential a part of the way fans relate to and identify their favorite players as the players’ jersey numbers themselves.

As the Mets await the winner of the ALCS, we have prepared a New York Mets playlist, including the favorite walk-up songs of the batting and relief pitching squads.

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The New York Beat

Reflecting the multiculturalism of the Mets and New York City in general, Latin music dominates the Mets’ walk-up music list. Alex Torres (El Vega’s “Te Encontre”), Dilson Herrera (El Barbero’s “Si La Vieran Bailar”), Juan Lagares (Jay the Prince’s “Mas Flow Que Dinero”) and Juan Uribe (Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida”) have all indicated – according to MLB.com – that their favorite walk-up songs are Latino in flavor.

This differs from the league, where hip-hop/rap rules the walk-up charts, with rock closely following. As for the the Mets, nine of the favorite walk-up songs are Latino, seven are hip-hop/rap, and five are rock.

While there is no scientific correlation between type of music and performance, it is safe to say that players who feel good in the batter’s box will perform better.

Explaining to The New York Times his choice of “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” by Drake as his walk-up music, Travis d’Arnaud says, “Because when I walk up to the plate, it makes me feel really good.”

As the Mets move one step closer to claiming their first World Series title since 1986, one thing is assured: The team’s victories will be staged by its players’ entrance themes. When fans reflect on this season, it will be the walk-up music that helps to frame the memories of this amazing run.

Mets fans can watch the game at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon @ Citi Field, Flushing, New York

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

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Chicago Cubs Walk-Up Songs

The Cubs are making their way to the playoffs this year.

Walk-Up Song Synergy

Anyone with an ounce of superstition tends to believe that the right walk-up songs produce good karma for their favorite teams. The music plays, the player gets pumped, the crowd goes wild.

In perhaps the best-known example, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro made headlines earlier this year for his catchy walk-up song choice: “Ando En La Versace” by Omega. Not only did the fans go wild, but the whole team clapped along, from the bullpen catcher to the relievers. Even a player from the opposing team admitted he’d had a hard time not clapping along.

While you wait to see what the series brings next, we’ve compiled a Chicago Cubs playlist for you, featuring players’ favorite walk-up songs.

Songs of the Cubs

Sounds of the Cubs

When it comes to genres, hip-hop/rap and Latin music are top choices for Cubs players. Next comes metal, and country, electronic, and punk/emo music tie for least popular.

How does that play out? Upbeat, catchy tunes rule the field… Yoervis Medina and David Ross walk up – and fans get down – to “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc. Jake Arrieta rocks out to Ronald Jenkees’s “Disorganized Fun.” Songs by Green Day, Linkin Park, and Quiet Riot also make the cut.

Let’s Walk

Our research of the league overall uncovered some interesting stats when it comes to walk-up songs. Players who walked up to electronic music average the highest batting averages, while players who walked up to rock averaged the lowest. Players who opted for alternative/indie music batted the most home runs, and batters who favor hip-hop/rap hit the fewest.

When it comes to pitching, players who favor rock had the best average and the most strikeouts. Pitchers who chose metal or country walk-up songs had the lowest performance.

Whether or not you believe there’s a correlation, one thing is certain: The Cubs can use all the help they can get. So crank up the tunes!

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

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Cleveland Indians Walk-Up Songs

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Fans, both local and traveling, can enjoy the Cleveland Indians take on opponents at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. While it’s currently under a multi-phase renovation, stadium visitors will soon be able to experience an enhanced view, expanding entryways, and new concession offerings.

A large part of the stadium experience is the music, and the Cleveland Indians really know how to rock out with a variety of walk up songs. Hip-hop/rap, rock, alternative, and electronic are just a few genres that make up the team’s walk-up playlist – music personally picked by the players to help them get in the zone as they walk up to the plate.

Battle Cry!

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There are a total of 34 different walk-up songs between the Cleveland Indians players, and there’s no hard limit on the amount of songs a player may choose. First baseman Mike Napoli and catcher Roberto Perez lead the team with three walk-up songs each. Napoli opts for hip-hop/rap songs, choosing “Grove St. Party” by Waka Flocka Flame, “Pop, Lock & Drop It” by Huey, and “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team. Perez fills the air with Latin music – specifically urban and Latino – with his selections of “Mi Vecinita” by Plan B, “Si Te Dejas Llevar” by Ozuna, and “Si Tú No Estás” by Nicky Jam.

Hitting Singles

Pitchers Andrew Miller, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger are the only players to select a pop, metal, or electronic song. Miller walks up to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” while Bauer goes a little harder with Amon Amarth’s “The Pursuit Of Vikings.” Clevinger feels the beat with Major Lazer’s “Light It Up.”

Cleveland Rocks

With six songs on the roster, rock music earns a second-place finish. Catcher Chris Gimenez  walks up to either “Fix Me” by 10 Years or “Black Honey” by Thrice. Pitchers Cody Anderson and Jeff Manship enjoy walking out to Kid Rock’s “Born Free” and the Foo Fighters’ “Bridge Burning,” respectively.

Press Play and Then Play Ball

While each Indians player might prefer walking up to the plate with a different song in the background, their desires are all the same: Win the game. No matter what songs are on your playlist, you can get ready to cheer on your favorite team with Fanatics – where you’ll find the very best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise.

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New York Yankees Walk-Up Songs

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The New York Yankees got their start in the early 20th century when their first incarnation played in Baltimore, notably under the team name Orioles. The team moved to NYC just a few years later and took the field for the first time under a new name: The New York Highlanders.   

The team is now known as the Yankees, of course, and thousands of fans flock to the “new” Yankee Stadium for each game. The stadium was built across the street from the site of the original stadium – The House That Ruth Built – in 2009. The Yankees have been the world champs a whopping 27 times, which is by far the most in MLB history. In fact, it more than doubles the No. 2 spot on the world champs list (the St. Louis Cardinals, with 11 wins).

In addition to tons of gameday entertainment, the stadium pops out a song each time a home-team player strolls up to the batter’s box. This boosts the stadium’s energy, which both the fans and players feed upon. Read on to learn which beats get the Yankees going.

Beats in the Bronx

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The Yankees’ player selections for walk-up songs are as varied as the athletes themselves, but fans note that there is plenty of hip-hop to be found. The next most popular genre is Christian and gospel, followed by alternative, country, R&B and soul, reggae, and rock.

City Beats

New York is basically the hip-hop capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that many player favorites are hip-hop tracks. Mark Teixeira chose “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., a classic ’80s number by the popular trio out of Queens. Jacoby Ellsbury is a fan of successful hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who hails from Brooklyn. Didi Gregorius chose another native New Yorker – Notorious B.I.G., whose self-titled tune belts out from Yankee Stadium’s sound system when Gregorius steps up to the plate.

Spiritual Sounds

Hip-hop may rule New York, but there are plenty of other genres at the stadium too. Christian artists have some playing time at Yankee Stadium; third baseman Chase Headley uses two different Christian rock anthems as his walk-up selections, including “Take My Life” by Jeremy Camp and “Surrender” by Third Day. Right-hand pitcher Kirby Yates goes reggae, with Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” as his selection. Outfielder Brett Gardner draws on his Southern roots with Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels” ringing through the stadium as he steps up to the plate, and pitcher Anthony Swarzak turns to supergroup Audioslave and their alternative tune “Cochise” for inspiration.

Turn It Up

Although the Yanks’ players have different tastes, they all agree that the right tune can really get them in the mood to blast one out of the park. From old-school hip-hop and reggae to Christian and modern rock supergroups, multiple genres get the players pumped. If you want to get electrified, crank some walk-up tunes and get your Yankees gear at Fanatics.com, where we definitely have you covered.

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Boston Red Sox Walk-Up Songs

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Head down Yawkey Way in Boston, Massachusetts during the summer and you’ll be greeted by the joyful noise of fans taking in a baseball game at Fenway Park. Home to the Boston Red Sox, this iconic ballpark has been in operation since 1912 and and earned honors as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

Just because it’s a living piece of history doesn’t mean this stadium and its team haven’t kept up with the times. They’ve performed multiple updates to stay current with what the newest offerings from the latest and greatest ballparks; from high-definition video boards to seat renovations and even expanded concessions.

The Fenway Faithful also get to enjoy plenty of great music piped through the hallowed grounds as players for their team walk-up to the plate. Here’s the rundown of exactly what type of music genres are most popular amongst the team.

Fenway Favorites

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Out of the 30 songs selected by Boston Red Sox players, almost half are rap and hip-hop. Boston is a rock and roll type of town, serving as the staging ground for several successful rock bands (Aerosmith, Boston, and The Cars), but that isn’t the players’ genre of choice. It is worth noting, even those that chose rock didn’t select a song by any of the hometown heroes.

Beats by Boston

Those making their walk to home plate with songs from the rap and hip-hop genre treat game day guests to songs both old and new. First baseman Hanley Ramirez, closing in on 20 home runs for the season, uses 2Pac’s “Hail Mary” to psyche himself up for his at-bats. Designated hitter and future Hall of Famer, David Ortiz, alternates between two different latin artists, Arcangel and De La Ghetto. Right fielder Markus Lynn Betts, better known as Mookie who lets Gucci Mane’s “Heavy” or Rocko’s “UOENO” announce his arrival at the plate.

Rock Your Sox Off

Offering to share some classic rock, the second genre in the lineup, with the fans are pitchers Craig Kimbrel (Guns N’ Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”), David Price (Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”) and third baseman Aaron Hill (Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”). Opting for some more modern choices, pitcher Drew Pomeranz went with Volbeat’s “Still Counting” and left fielder Brock Holt chose Reckless Kelly’s “Ragged As The Road.”

Interestingly, Rihanna is the only artists to appear multiple times, three in fact, thanks to shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Travis Shaw.

The Players’ Playlist

In between the hooting and hollering, the footlong franks and the fun times, there’s still a ballgame taking place. Whether it’s hip-hop and rap or rock, Red Sox fans just want to see their team make a run for the World Series. Show your pride for the Red Sox by sporting the best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise at Fanatics.com.

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St. Louis Cardinals Walk-Up Songs

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Located in downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium serves up 81 regular season games for the St. Louis Cardinals. They’re the oldest Major League Baseball team West of the Mississippi and bring joy home in the form of World Series titles, second only to the New York Yankees. Together, this team and stadium provide plenty of entertainment to both home and away fans.

One way they keep the energy high is through walk-up songs, selected by each player as a way to psych them up as they head to the plate. From rock to country and beyond, these players chose songs from a wide array of musical genres to make that walk, from the on deck circle to home plate, more exciting.

More Than Birdsongs

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There’s no clucks, chirps, or squawks echoing through the stadium’s PA system when the Cardinals players approach home plate. There is, however, plenty of hip-hop and rap followed closely by rock. Hip-hop and rap make up the most popular genre on streaming services within the United States, so it’s no surprise to see it be first in the lineup. Not far behind is rock, trailed by Latin to round out the top three genres for Cardinals players walk-up songs.

Three players – centerfielder Randal Grichuk and pitchers Jerome Williams and Jaime García – all stuffed the ballot box as each chose two different walk-up songs. Randal divided his love for rap and hip-hop, with Nelly’s “Here Comes the Boom,” and country, with Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll.” Jerome doubled down on hip-hop and rap with Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson” and Eminem’s “’Till I Collapse.” Jaime brought some rap and hip-hop to the table with Sidelajus’ “Warriors” and a mix of Latin-Mexican Regional genres with La Arrolladora’s “Sabor Al Caldo.”

Those enjoying rock, like first baseman Brandon Moss and pitchers Jonathan Broxton and Zack Duke, opted to go with classics. Moss struts out to “Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll” by AC/DC, while Broxton takes his steps to the sounds of “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath. Duke reaches back to “Magic Man” by Heart, first released in 1975 (eight years before he was born).

Squawking In Stereo

Sure, none of these players were willing to admit their love for Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, but they’ve all selected a personally perfect track to get them ready for an at-bat. As long as it helps them contribute singles, doubles, triples, or even a few home runs, fans and coaches will be willing to put up with pretty much anything.

No matter what songs are on your playlist, you can get ready to cheer on your team with Fanatics – where you’ll find the very best officially licensed MLB apparel and merchandise.

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Baltimore Orioles Walk-Up Songs

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Since 1992, Camden Yards has been the home of the Baltimore Orioles. While they haven’t yet managed to make a trip to the World Series in their new home, fans are optimistic this season will be different. Currently, just out of first place (behind the Toronto Blue Jays) and leading the Wild Card race, these O’s have a chance to please fans and themselves with an amazing post-season run.

Walk-up songs, selected by the players, are helping them to get in the zone and prepare for such a challenge. We looked at just what genres of music these players are using to hype up the home fans – and potentially intimidate the other team’s pitcher – when they walk up to the plate.

Press Play, Play Ball

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Indecisive might be the proper way to refer to the Orioles players – nine of them selected two or more songs as their walk-up music. Out of those nine, three chose three different tracks to use as they strut out for their at-bats. Designated hitter Pedro Álvarez, third baseman Manny Machado, and center fielder Adam Jones are those three. Given the volume of songs they’ve selected (nine), they’re also the reason why hip-hop and rap lead the way.

Jones comes out to either Meek Mill’s “Bout That Life,” 2Pac’s “California Love,” or Young Jeezy’s “Lose My Mind.” Machado represents the 305 (Miami, Fla.) by exclusively using artists who hail from that area: DJ Khaled (“Born and Raised”), Pitbull (“El Taxi”), and Trick Daddy (“Where You From”). Alvarez goes with a sampling of the NYC rap game, walking out to either Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn Go Hard,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” or Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says.” T.I., Fabolous, Rich Homie Quan, and The Game are just a few more rap and hip-hop artists that fans in Baltimore hear when their team walks up to the plate.

Unlike some of the other teams we’ve examined, no player for the Orioles walks out to Drake. In fact, the only duplicate artist is AC/DC. Pitchers Brad Brach and Zach Britton may play America’s favorite pastime, but they love walking out to one of Australia’s best exports. You’ll know it’s Britton when you hear “For Those About to Rock” and Brach when the first note of “Thunderstruck” echoes throughout the ballpark.

X’s and the O(rioel)s

While there are many different genres of music ushering batters to home plate at Camden Yards, these Birds can agree on one thing: winning – not walk-up songs – is the most important thing. Electric, country, ska, or rock couldn’t matter less if the team ends up in a losing streak or doesn’t make it to the post-season. However, if the right tunes contribute to strong on-base performance, then by all means, the songs should be cranked up to 11!

You can rally toward victory and keep a beat like your favorite MLB superstars by getting officially licensed apparel and merchandise at Fanatics.com.

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Atlanta Braves Walk-Up Songs

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Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, which is almost 20 years old, serves as the home of the city’s Major League Baseball team, the Braves. While the stadium has never been home to a World Championship Series victory for the “Tribe,” they have made it into the Wild Card round (or later) of the playoffs in 10 of the last 18 seasons. Given the extra games they’ve had to play, you can imagine that the PA system at Turner Field has been put through the paces, especially by the players and their walk-up songs.

As a way of representing the player, and perhaps striking fear into the visiting team’s pitcher and defense, these songs are played as the batter walks up to the plate. To learn more about this unique sports soundtrack, we looked at this year’s lineup and the music genres that have become signature sounds for the Braves as they strut out to home plate.

Beats and Bats

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Out of the 27 songs that have ushered Braves to the plate this season, the rock genre is the most popular. Songs such as Creed’s “Bullets” and Audioslave’s “Set It Off” welcome catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitcher Jim Johnson; they’re heard as the athletes start making their way to the batter box. This is followed up by a two-way tie for second place at six songs apiece between hip-hop/rap and Latin. Given the city’s reputation as a rap/hip-hop hub, it’s shocking that it isn’t a more dominant genre.

Even though he’s Canadian, Drake’s prominence in the rap game makes him a top choice for the Braves’ walk-up songs. Second baseman Jace Peterson walks out to “Jumpman” by Drake featuring Future. Center fielder Mallex Smith adds a hit from Drake’s newest album, “One Dance,” to the intro music rotation. Left fielder Matt Kemp places not one but two Drake songs on his list: “Back to Back” and “Used To.”

If you’ve been to Turner Field recently, you may have heard music created by the Braves’ very own Chase D’Arnaud. However, given the way he describes his own music in interviews– “It’s James Taylor meets Crosby, Stills, and Nash meets the Beatles meets the Rolling Stones meets John Mayer meets Metallica” – you could expect his personal soundtrack to include anything from Hall and Oates to Blink 182 or even Prince. Yet D’Arnaud chose a completely unexpected direction as his walk-up music: Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

Now Rocking Out at Home Plate

The Atlanta Braves players each arrive on the plate with a different song escorting them to the batter’s box. Despite some of the different tastes in music, these teammates all have the same goal: to win the game, the division, the pennant, and the World Series. Whether it’s Dio, Carlos Santana, or Drake, these Braves players have selected songs to bolster their at-bat performances.

Get hyped and outfitted for the rest of the season at Fanatics.com – where we have the best selection of officially licensed MLB merchandise and apparel.

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San Francisco Giants Walk-Up Songs

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Settled on the edge of downtown San Francisco – complemented with a breathtaking view of the BayAT&T Park is home to the MLB’s San Francisco Giants. Chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year as part of the Sports Business Award program, AT&T Park provides one of the best experiences fans can have watching the Giants dominate their opponents on the home field. This classic urban ballpark comes equipped with all the modern amenities of present-day stadiums. Needless to say, AT&T Park is the ideal location for the Giants allowing fans to connect with their favorite players on a whole new level, especially when it comes to music.

Walk-up songs are the preferred tunes that hype up the player at-bat, as well as the fans rooting in the stands. From hip-hop to rock, country to electronic dance music, the Giants approach the plate to a wide variety of genres.

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When it comes to signature lyrics, the Giants are batting to the beats of their favorite hip-hop and rap songs – the genre currently dominating the team’s playlist. Out of 36 songs collected, hip-hop/rap make up approximately 36 percent of the compilation, while rock trails behind in second place (22 percent). Shortstop Brandon Crawford and center fielder Denard Span walk up to the plate jammin’ to the likes of Future and the hits produced on his third studio album, “DS2.” On the other side of the spectrum, infielders Joe Panik and Brandon Belt prefer to hear the Brooklyn beats of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and “Moment of Clarity.”

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, San Francisco’s pitcher-catcher combo, stray away from their teammates by walking out to the strings of some good old country tunes. Bumgarner prepares for his at-bats by zoning everything out except for the rifts of “Fire on the Mountain” by The Marshall Tucker Band. Buster Posey shares the same music palette as his partner-in-crime and walks out to Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels.” The classic sounds of Merle Haggard and Gary Allen round out the rest of the country artists making up the playlist.

Pitcher Hunter Strickland rocks out the hardest as he approaches the plate headbanging to “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith and “Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. Pitcher Jake Peavy enjoys the rock genre as well and walks out to the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and “Truckin’.” All horn hands up when these players take the plate!

Bay Beats

Attending a ballgame at AT&T Park is exciting in itself, and getting hyped from the music blaring throughout the stadium is all the more fun. The Giants have just about all the bases covered – with songs ranging from hip-hop/rap to rock, country, and EDM. Fans can relate to the many tunes ushering players to the plate!

Spending a night over at AT&T Park? Support the #SFGiants by knowing every last beat and drop of their favorite jams. Stay a true Fanatic by keeping up-to-date with the hottest Giants gear in the game!

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