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So how did entrance music for players begin anyway?

Sep 21, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

Sparky Lyle

Deadspin is on fire today.  First they compile a list of the worst Twitter accounts in sports — I’m at 54, by the way — and then they have a fun post up about the dawn of entrance music in baseball.  I never woulda guessed in a thousand years who started all of that.  Turned out it was Sparky Lyle:

“The organization probably wasn’t ready for a rock song,” [Marty] Appel said. One of his friends was the son of David Carey, a studio musician who’d toured with Frank Sinatra. Appel described a typical Lyle entrance to the elder Carey and asked for advice. Carey recommended Sir Edgar Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”

And you thought Randy Savage started all of that.

For the comments: if you’re a big leaguer, what’s your walkup music?

  1. rgledz - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Stone Temple Pilots – Flies in the Vaseline.

  2. Jeremy Fox - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I’d have no walkup music, but if anyone asked I’d say it was John Cage’s 4′ 33″.

    Either that, or something totally out of place, like Love’s Recovery by the Indigo Girls, just to mess with the opposition.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Dirty White Boy by Foriegner

  4. lew24 - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    If I was a closer…I would use “Seven Nation Army”

    If I was a hitter…Rick Ross…”The Boss”

  5. yankeesgameday - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Am I Evil – Metallica

    And on retro nights they can play the original Diamondhead version.

    • ptfu - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      That song is EPIC. That said, I dunno if they could actually play it due to family friendly considerations. If it was allowable then you got a clear winner.

  6. historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Rage Against the Machine “No Shelter”

  7. davereckon - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    proudlycanadian | Sep 21, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT
    I have visions of Joe Carter at bat in the bottom of the 9th in Game 6 with Rickey on base. Music please!

    Unfortunately, as a phillies fan, so do I. And Mitch Williams is walking in to “Dont Bring Me Down”. But then i wake up and its all better.

  8. gosport474 - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. One of greatest guitar licks to open a song ever.

  9. cur68 - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Prodigy- Breathe…(yeah, you are the victim).

  10. butchhuskey - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Love Removal Machine – The Cult

    • nategearhart - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      OH MAN “She Sells Sanctuary” would be AWESOME closer music.

  11. nadu13 - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I have to go with The Replacements for both. As a hitter it’s “Left of the Dial.” If I’m coming out of the pen, “Bastards of Young.”

  12. indaburg - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Check the Level by The Dirty Heads

  13. rickhigginshtbro - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    The Offspring – Nitro.

  14. bill13k - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Slaughter of the Soul by At The Gates if I was a hitter, if I was a closer it would be A Fine Day To Die by Bathory. Those songs just get me so pumped.

  15. fearthehoody - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Ron Washington requested “Cocaine” By Eric Clapton, but some reason MLB denied his request

  16. badintent - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    i’m thinking Frank Howard ,all 6’8″ and 260 of him, Queen doing “we will rock you ! “

  17. dremmel69 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Voodoo Chile…. Hendrix

  18. Tim's Neighbor - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    “All Eyez on Me” -Tupac

    Meta, meta, meta

  19. cavemanna - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Orion- Metallica
    Redhot-Motley Crüe
    Hit the lights- metallica

  20. chuckleberry1974 - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    That beginning riff on Master of Puppets would be my entrance music if I were a closer.

  21. bigleagues - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Mine would be the greatest intro song still not used by a player ever that I’m aware of . . .

    UNSUNG – Helmet

  22. moogro - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    All your choices are boring. Hip-hop. High energy techno, metal. Meathead classic rock hits that no one wants to ever hear again. Valorous classical. Ooo, alternative rock.

    Stock, stock, stock, more stock. Yawn.

    Trevor Plouffe used to use “Any Colour You Like” by Pink Floyd. Imagine that at a baseball game!

  23. stlouis1baseball - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    A little late to this one as I have been out of town.
    I am going with the Beastie Boys…’Sabatoge.’

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