What’s Your Walk Up Song?

Early this week, in anticipation of a new baseball season, The Tampa Bay Rays asked the question, “What would your walk-up song be?”

In response, fans left their ideas for walk-up songs, including:

  • Welcome to MY House by Flo-rida
  • Super Freak by Rick James
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Williams Hung
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  • Seek and Destroy by Metallica
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Kick the Dust Up by Luke Bryan
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Don’t Believe Me Just Watch by Bruno Mars
  • Thunderstruck by ACDC
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
  • It’s All About the Base by Meghan Trainor
  • I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
  • Wild Thing by The Troggs
  • Don’t Look Back by Boston
  • Jungle Love by Steve Miller Band
  • Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
  • Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobbie McFerrin

Some serious, some funny, some ridiculous.

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That made me wonder, what are some of the most popular walk-up songs? While in search to the answer to this question, I found that the personalized walk-up music which is now expected when a batter takes his final swings while approaching the plate became a staple of the game after the 1989 movie “Major League” played “Wild Thing” every time Charlie Sheen’s character headed to the pitcher’s mound. And better than just a list of popular walk-up songs, Fanatics includes a feature that makes it possible to see which songs are played, but also to find the song played for every MLB Player during the 2015 season, with an option to listen to the song (and of course, a link to iTunes to make a purchase).

With the college baseball season opening this weekend, I’ll be listening to the music that accompanies the game and rating the walk-up songs of the players…and please, no Katy Perry!

Do you have a favorite walk-up sign?

Sports Cliche’ Week

In honor of the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star game, this week has been designated Sports Cliche’ Week. From the opening pitch:

It’s a beautiful day for baseball.

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To the final glib statement:

Baseball’s played between the lines.

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I bet you hear dozens of baseball cliche’s during the course of this week’s all star game. In fact, it may be fun to see how many of the following cliche’s are uttered from the mouths of the announcers.

Baseball Cliche’s

He’s got the batters eating out of his hand.
He’s pitching a gem.
He’s pitching lights out.
He’s really throwing some heat.
He can overpower the hitters.
His fastball is really working for him.
He took something off that pitch.
He’s got good mechanics.
He’s capable of going the distance.
This is shaping up to be a real pitchers duel.
This game is a slugfest.
He’s trying to pitch out of a jam.
He uncorked a wild pitch.
Joe is going to try and settle him down.
Stick a fork in him — he’s done.
They got to him early.
They got to him early and often.
He’s getting shelled.
He’s been relegated to the bullpen.
He’s been roughed up in his last four outings.
He hasn’t been getting the run support.
He’s in a slump and he’s pressing.
You can’t steal first base.
He was caught napping.
There’s the insurance run.
That really helped his cause.  (Said after a pitcher scores a run)
They’ve exploded for six runs here in the eighth inning.
They had a six run outburst in the eighth inning.
They have to manufacture some runs.
They have to step up their run production.
Three up, three down.
Swing and a miss.
Good cut.
He was swinging for the fence.
He chased a bad pitch.
Here’s the payoff pitch.
This could be two. (Announcer anticipating a double-play.)
The ball took a bad hop.
That ball should be playable.
This one could be trouble.
He was on his horse to catch that one.
He got a good jump.
The tying run is at the plate.
The tying run is 90 feet away.
They are one strike away.
He can tie it up with one swing of the bat.
He has to wait for his pitch.
He’s seeing the ball well.
He’s a tough out.
He’s a contact hitter.
He hit that ball squarely. (How do you hit a round ball with a round bat — squarely?)
He really got ahold of that one.
He was all over that pitch.
He hit that one right on the screws.
He hit a towering line drive.
That was a good piece of hitting.
In any other ballpark, that’s a homerun.
He hit a solo-shot back in the third inning.
There’s a four-base blast.
Touch ’em all!
He hit a bullet.
He hit a rocket.
He hit a laser shot.
He tatooed that one.
He crushed it.
He sent that one into orbit.
Kiss that one goodbye — it’s outta here!

Enjoy the game, cliche’s and all.

TBT Lesson #19

When the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame opened, my parents wanted to take their grandchildren to the event since many baseball hall of famers would be in attendance and signing autographs on that day. There was only one problem, the grand opening occurred on a school day. They asked if we would allow Meghan and Emily to miss a day of school to go to the event.

It was an easy decision. Yes, they could go! This was a great opportunity for the girls to spend the day with their grandparents and cousins and create some memories. They still tell stories about their trip to the Hitters Hall of Fame, their negative experience with Willie Mays, and the good ones with Brooks Robinson and Bob Feller, and of course, they still have their autographed baseballs.

Fortunately, their teachers also recognized the importance of this type of experience because they enjoyed the absence note I sent to school the following day asking that they be excused from school due to a case of baseball fever.

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Meghan with Brooks Robinson

TBT Lesson #19: School’s important, but it’s not the most important thing.

 

Don’t Be This Guy!

It’s always great attending a University of Miami baseball game at The Light, but when we arrived at the game on Friday afternoon I was more than a little disappointed to see the location of our seats. Sitting in Section D was not the problem since these are chair back seats directly behind home plate, however, upon seeing who was sitting in front of us I knew it would be a long game listening to his constant complaints about the team we’d be cheering.

While we’re only able to go to Miami a couple of times a year, it doesn’t seem likely that we’d end up in the seats behind “This Guy” on more than one occasion, but that’s exactly what happened.

photo 1Of course we recognized him immediately as the guy, the Hurricane “fan”, who grumbles throughout the game criticizing the coach, the game plan, the pitchers, the batters, the umpire, everything about the game. His sarcastic comments can be heard after every play, and nearly after every pitch. It’s hard to believe this season ticket holder finds any pleasure in cheering (if that’s what you call it) for the home team.

It’s true the game started with a 1st inning mental mistake, but not an error, by the third baseman, one that resulted in a run later in the inning, but calling the third baseman names wasn’t necessary.

Shortly after taking our seats it began. Here’s a FEW of the comments made by “this guy” during the course of the game:

  • “What are you doing out there? or Throw strikes. or Come on, (followed by the pitcher’s name)” after every pitch out of the strike zone
  • “How stupid!” when a batter squares around to bunt
  • “Wow” was heard every time a player hit a ball resulting in an out.
  • “Have these people never seen a baseball game before? It’s a simple fly ball.” when fans would begin cheering when a ball sailed into the outfield, only to be caught by a fielder
  • “Oh my God!” when the catcher lost a ball under his feet
  • “The wheels sure fell off fast.” when the team was down by one run
  • “He was safe!” Not in response to a call made by the umpire when a UM batter was called out at first, but when the Cane’s defense made a close play and the opposing team’s player was called out!?!
  • “Great idea, Jim! Why would you do that?” when a runner was thrown out attempting to steal second base
  • “He’s stupid – that’s his style of baseball.” another comment made about Coach Morris
  • “Thanks a lot blue. Get your fat leg out of the way!” as runner advanced to 3rd on a dropped ball by the catcher
  • “We’ve got a .148 hitter up in a game we need to win. I don’t know why Jim leaves him in.”
  • “Coach gets dumber all the time – he won’t allow them to announce the score.” this after Wake Forest defeated Virginia in the 7th inning of the UM game
  • “Hang in there blue – stink to the very end!”
  • “Pick up your sombrero on the way out! Wow!” this after one of the Cuban players on the team struck out
  • “We found a dumber team than we are.” when a UNC runner got caught stealing in the 9th inning

He was even irritated when the Maniac, the University of Miami mascot sat in the seat next to him, asking the Maniac to give him some space. The Maniac obliged and left to visit with fans who appreciated his attention.

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Now this game was not a blow out! Miami went down 3-0 in the first, but tied the game in the second. The team went down again in the 4th, but again came back and tied the game in the 8th inning. All tied up, the game went into extra innings – 7 extra innings of sarcastic comments – and finally in the 16th inning the Canes won the game. At which point, he turned around and gave John a high five in celebration of the win. Go figure, after 5 hours of sarcasm and grumbling, “this guy” celebrated the win with all those seated around him.

It’s only natural to get aggravated with your team when they make mistakes or lose games, but if they’re your team, either cheer them on or grumble at home. The other fans don’t want to hear your non-stop negative comments.

Please, don’t be “this guy”!

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Here are some fans you may want to emulate regardless if you cheer for the Hurricanes, the Knights, or the ‘Noles!

 

 

 

 

I’m Glad I’m Not Mrs. Esiason

I’d never heard of New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy until this week, but I’ll be cheering for him this season. He’s the player who’s taken so much flack from the talking heads on television and radio sports talk shows this week (and from their sports crazed listeners) for missing Opening Day to be with his wife for the birth of  their first child on Monday.

Murphy flew to Florida to be with his wife Sunday night when his wife went into labor, missing Opening Day, and then decided to stay with his wife and child for two more days missing the second game of the season on Wednesday. Looks like he’s got his priorities right. Baseball is a game. Baseball is a job. Games and jobs don’t trump wives and children.

Lots of troublesome comments were made by sports personalities and baseball fans, but Boomer Esiason’s suggestion was especially disturbing.

Esiason said he would have demanded Tori Murphy get a “C-section before the season stars, I need to be there opening day.”

Does he not realize that a C-section is surgery? Why should a woman have surgery that requires significantly longer recovery from childbirth if not medically necessary?

Daniel Murphy’s wife is lucky to be married to a man who understands the importance of family. She should be thankful she’s not married to Boomer Esiason or a man who shares his beliefs about women, childbirth, children, and family.

Sure Esiason has since issued an apology for his comments, but they didn’t come until two days later after being slammed by  parents with more healthy views on parenting.

It’s also interesting to note that the only comment from the Mets came from manager, Terry Collins, who criticized the commentator’s suggesting they “look in the mirror”.

The Mets are now officially my National League team, and while I haven’t cast an All-Star ballot for years, I’ll be voting this year. And guess which player will receive my vote as the National League second baseman?

 

Boys of Summer? Freezing our Tails Off

UM hatTwo weeks ago when we ordered tickets for this weekend’s University of Miami v University of Florida baseball games, we were sitting on the porch enjoying the day’s 80° temperature. Now as we prepare to drive to Gainesville for the game, we’re dressed in jeans and sweatshirts. Hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets cover the backseat of the car. The predicted game time temperature – 50°. Wind speed – 12mph. Low temperature – 37°. Of course, it doesn’t help that the game time changed from 1:00 to 7:30 to accommodate the broadcast schedule of Sun Sports.

What is it about games played by “the boys of summer” in March that brings out the coldest temperatures of the year in the Sunshine State? We should have known that despite the warm, summer-like weather on a February afternoon when we purchased tickets to the annual Canes series with the Gators that we’d dress more like we were heading to the slopes than a baseball stadium. Sweatshirts, blankets, hats and gloves are the required apparel for these early season games. We’ve even resorted to blankets during this series when the games were played in Miami so we should know what to expect…but baseball…sunshine…summer…the images just don’t match reality.

Typical March game day apparel when watching the boys of summer.
Typical March game day apparel when watching the boys of summer.

We survived last night’s opening game of the series and enjoyed cheering on the Canes as they snapped an eleven game losing streak against the Gators so I know we’ll survive tonight’s game as well, but how I would love to bake in the Florida sun during the game. Guess that’s too much to hope for! Go Canes!

 

 

 

Gators and Canes enjoying the game together.
Gators and Canes enjoying the game together.