The Major League Baseball season in more than a week old, but there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the new year.
Making a walk-up song decision is an annual rite of spring for professional baseball players, and it’s something many take seriously. The right song can put a player in the right mood to slap out that run-scoring double or game-clinching home run. Get the song wrong and who knows how adversely it could affect a player’s batting average or VORP.
Players don’t need to break out the sabermetrics to figure out if their walk-up song is a hit with rivals or fans.
“I think if guys on the other team tell you like, ‘Hey, pretty sick walk-out, man,’ then that’s the real telling,” said Angels first baseman Justin Bour, who will be walking out to “Big Poppa” by the Notorious B.I.G. “But also, if you have a bunch of kids doing the floss dance in the stands, it’s a good one as well.”