Music and Baseball
I love music. When I’m not listening to my MP3 player, I’m listening to CDs or the radio. In baseball these days, music is a big part of the ballpark experience. Songs are played during BP, in between innings, and before certain players bat. Here are a few songs that, to me, equal baseball when I hear them.
Let’s Get it Started-Black Eyed Peas
This song is usually played during a game when the home team gets a chance to score early in the game. It’s not necessarily early in the game, though. I was at a game where the Padres were behind and they played it with a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the 8th! It’s a really cool song, and I’ve got it on my MP3 player.
Let’s See How Far We’ve Come-Matchbox Twenty
This song is played during a video the Padres run that has highlights from years past. It’s a great song.
I’m Shipping Up to Boston-Dropkick Murphys
I don’t remember the first time I heard this song, but I think it was in the aftermath of the Red Sox’s World Series win in 2007. Jonathan Paplebon uses it a lot. It’s pretty cool.
Sweet Home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynyrd
This song is played before Jake Peavy’s starts, him being a native Alabamian. Accompanying the song is a video of Jake pitching, playing his guitar, fishing, you know, country-boy stuff. It’s pretty amazing.
Rock and Roll-Gary Glitter (?)
There is some version of this song that the Padres use after a win. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it always reminds me of the excitement of a win. There’s nothing like hearing it and celebrating after a win at Petco. It’s amazing.
Nothing says San Diego baseball like Trevor Hoffman’s song, Hell’s Bells. Trevor Time is an incredible experience, and this song is a huge part of it. It starts out with the bells, and then into the music, and it’s amazing to watch and hear. Hell’s Bells is Trevor’s song in a Padres uniform. I don’t think he should be allowed to use it if he signs somewhere else, and I definitely don’t think any other player should be allowed take it. Not even Heath Bell.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Of course, we must not forget THE baseball song, Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This song has been around for a long time, and it means a lot to baseball fans. A tradition of the game is the 7th inning stretch and singing this song. I love screaming ”PADRES!!!” over the opposing fans. It is so much fun. I love this song!
There are many other songs that I love to hear at the ballpark, like the strikeout song and the home run song, but I don’t know what they are called. These are some of my favorites, what are yours? What songs make you think of baseball when you hear them?