Los Angeles Dodgers Walk-Up Songs


Overlooking downtown Los Angeles and nestled in the hillside of the Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium ranks as the third-oldest continually used park in Major League Baseball. Home to a team that – much like America’s earliest settlers – moved West, the Los Angeles Dodgers command the adoration and respect of their fans. Even though they haven’t won a World Series in almost 30 years (1988), their roster contains some of the biggest names in the sport.

Clayton Kershaw, Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, and many others make up the Dodgers lineup, and they are just the type of MLB stars you’d want to see from the team closest to Hollywood. Not only do these players see their names in lights as they walk up to the plate, but they also hear songs that speak directly to the person under the cap. Here’s the music that brings the Dodgers out to play.

Fa-La-La-Land Tunes


Unlike a pennant chase, this musical competition wasn’t even close. Of the listed walk-up songs for 18 Dodgers players, the hip-hop/rap genre tops the charts. In fact, there are three players who have four-song rotations during each game. Catcher Yasmani Grandal loves hip-hop and rap, and also happens to be one of those four-song rotation players. You might not know which song he’ll be walking up to, but all of them are of the hip-hop/rap genre. From Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Boy” to “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, Grandal’s walk-up songs account for more than 20 percent of this genre.

With one of the most diverse musical lineups, three-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw chooses electronic, rock, and hip-hop tunes to accompany him to the plate. Using Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam,” and “We Are Young” by Fun., the Los Angeles Dodgers ace shows off an appreciation for a wide range of musical tastes.

Los Angeles is home to more than 9 percent of the United States’ Hispanic population, but Latin music ties with rock in the Dodgers’ selections for walk-up music. In fact, there are only four Latin tracks in the rotation, and two of them come from Adrian Gonzalez’s list. The first baseman walks out to “El Mariachi Loco” by Mariachi Vargas and “Vamonos de Fiesta” by Banda El Recodo.

More Music

Kid Cudi, Pitbull, 2Pac … and Johnny Cash? The Dodgers love rap and hip-hop, but there are a few outliers in their walk-up music. In a “whatever works” scenario, it’s less about which particular songs are picked and more about whether a song helps to get a player in the zone before an at-bat.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Walk-Up Songs


As the home of MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park offers the classic-style ballgame in an urban, downtown setting. And while the stadium invokes a nostalgia associated with the parks of yesteryear, one modern addition is each player’s walk-up song. Each Pirate has a song – or songs – that helps get him centered before the next at-bat. Fans seeing a game don’t just get a seat at a professional sporting event; they also get a tour through the personal music preferences of the players they’re willing to victory.

Whether Latin, rock, electronic, or hip-hop, there’s a wide variety of songs that welcome Pittsburgh’s players up to the plate. Which music genre leads the division, and which players have a broad musical palate? Read on to find out.

Arg-Some Music


Rock, rock, and more rock – it’s the musical genre that comes out on top among the walk-up song choices of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Out of the 24 songs chosen by players, eight (33 percent) are rock songs. First baseman John Jaso walks out to “Midnight Rambler” by The Rolling Stones, and pitcher Drew Hutchison struts out to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special.” Pittsburgh continues rocking thanks to selections by pitcher Gerrit Cole and third baseman David Freese; they come out to “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine and Tool’s “Stinkfist,” respectively.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen offers up a rather eclectic mix of tunes, with choices ranging from pop, hip-hop/rap, and electronic. He enters the batter’s box to the musical interludes of “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele, “Atom Bomb” by Benasis, and “Afterhours” by TroyBoi. McCutchen is matched by third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who has a three-song rotation that shows off some global style. Kang rotates through Latin (“En Gorilao” by N-Fasis), hip-hop/rap (“Gimme That” by Chris Brown), and pop (“I Am the Best” by 2NE1). Reaching back further in time to some classic pop, catcher Francisco Cervelli heads to the plate with Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.”

Left fielder Starling Marte represents 33 percent of the Latin music selected, choosing two songs by Secreto El Famoso Biberon – “No Pue’ Killate” and “Rulay.” Pitcher Neftali Feliz and utility player Sean Rodriguez also support the Latin surge, each picking a song from this genre.

Treasured Tunes

When you’re attending a Pittsburgh Pirates game, your eyes might hone in on the familiar black and yellow color scheme shared by the city’s other professional sports teams, but the walk-up music is a little more diverse than the uniform. There’s plenty of rock, hip-hop/rap, Latin, electronic, and pop music pumping out of the speakers to make the Pirates stand out as they make their way to the plate.

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Detroit Tigers Walk-Up Songs


Nestled in downtown Detroit, and equipped with a working Ferris wheel and massive water feature, Comerica Park serves as the home of the Detroit Tigers, the city’s Major League Baseball team. With 81 regular season games – and hopefully more, if fans have their way during the playoffs – there is ample chance to root, root, root for the home team. During this time, players often develop unique and intimate relationships with home supporters through the selection of their walk-up songs.

The tunes, which hype up the fans and motivate the player, are as diverse as the athletes walking up to the batter’s box. From hip-hop and rap to country and rock, plenty of genres get the chance to usher players out to their one-on-one battle with the opposing team’s pitcher.

Motown Moments


Known as Motown – featuring the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Contours, and many more – Detroit is a city that loves music. It’s no surprise then that Detroit Tigers players also love a good melody. In fact, they’re so passionate about it that certain players have a hard time just choosing one song. For example, six players currently have a rotation of two walk-up songs, two players rotate through a three-song mix, and one chooses from four different hits. That’s why, when examining the genres of the players’ favorite walk-up songs, there are more songs than players on the roster.

Victor Martinez, Detroit’s designated hitter, brings a four-song mix to the clubhouse. He also counts for the majority – or two-thirds – of Latin music used by Tigers players. More specifically, he plays El Gran Martín Elías twice and Oscar D’León and Héctor Lavoe once each. Local musical celebrity Eminem only makes two appearances on players’ walk-up playlists, with pitcher Justin Verlander playing “Till I Collapse” and pitcher Mark Lowe using “Lose Yourself.”

Although not a local artist, Canadian rapper and hip-hop artist, Drake is the most popular choice as a walk-up song. Center fielder Cameron Maybin, third baseman Nick Castellanos, and left fielders Tyler Collins and Justin Upton each walk up with a song by or featuring one of the most popular artists today. Thankfully, though, none of them use the same song. That could certainly lead to some awkward moments.

Hear Them Roar

While none of the players get hyped up with either Katy Perry or Britney Spears, they all have a roaring desire to win. With the help of a few favorite walk-up songs, the Detroit Tigers are ready to do their part in earning themselves and the home support a “W.”

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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