I realize I haven't written a blog in some time. Cue my music, please ...
"It's been a while" â€“Staind
What inspired me is that I was thinking that us long-time Brewers fans are being treated to some excellent production values. In other words, Fox Sports Wisconsin does a phenomenal job televising games. From announcers, to crowd shots, to replays, to graphics, to interviews ... it is top notch.
And the in-game experience at Miller Park is as good as it gets. Despite the historic memories, the only activity I remember now from County Stadium was dodging falling concrete. I love the new scoreboard, the vendors, the promotions and the reduced number of Cubs fans.
Oh yeah, I also love walk-on music. I don't seem to remember ballplayers having songs played at County Stadium. Maybe they did and the one speaker distorted them?
What a cool phenomena. Players having their own songs.
Rickie Weeks (whose name sounds like a website) has a song that sounds like it should for a leadoff hitter. I wanted to download Ace Hood's "Hustle Hard," but I didn't want to take a chance of playing the explicit version on the air and the clean version had to skip so many words, I didn't feel it was worth the money.
Ryan Braun uses Kanye West's "H.A.M." and Prince Fielder has T.I.'s "Swagger Like Us." No big surprises. The biggest surprise is Corey Hart, who in the past, with that International Harvester song or some Alan Jackson tune, has you ready to stereotype him. Now he pulls out 12 Stones, a New Orleans Rock Band, and "Anthem For The Underdog."
I don't mean to stereotype here, myself, but I really like the musical taste of the Latin players the past few years, like Carlos Gomez, Alcides Escobar and Yuniesky Betancourt and some of the songs they use. Sorry, I don't know the artists ... but every once in a while I will put on the Caliente channel on satellite radio and listen to muy more than 20 seconds of the tunes.
Then I look around and figure I better switch back to KLH before anyone sees me. By the way, I heard Carlos Gomez come to bat with some Damian Marley once. And he got a hit. Of course, that is nine hits fewer than Damian's dad used to take in the same amount of time.
There are of course, a number of songs a classic rock dinosaur like myself knows well. Craig Counsell and his choice of Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower." Or Mark Kotsey and Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones."
Casey McGehee comes close. His choice of "Simple Man" is simple elegance ... just perfect. He eschews the vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd bouquet for the Shinedown version. Still classy, nonetheless.
Finally, my hands down favorite choice is that of Nyjer Morgan. Not only a song I know, and a good song, too, but just the perfect combination of upbeat and apropos. He uses Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Starting Something." Then he makes things happen.
Walk-up music is such a cool concept maybe we should all incorporate it into our everyday lives.
I am just hoping when it comes to October, the Brewers are still playing at Miller Park.
May I suggest: Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"?
Actually, this is Prince's at bat song for this year - www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjF5KYgErpc .. Awesome!
Marco Rivera's was the best I've heard. Bad Religion. And, we all know when Counsell is up, because the Jimi Hendrix rendition of "All Along The Watchtower" comes up, and everybody stands. I love that moment at any home game when the hometown player comes to bat. It generally means we are winning in late innings.
I've always wanted Prince Fielder to walk up with "My Name is Prince" by Prince because its an awesome and obvious song. I do love the at bat tunes myself and find them interesting insights into the players lives off field.
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