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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. bennyandthemets - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    my walk-up music would be Gangnam Style obviously

  2. ugglasforearms - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Former player Reggie Jackson: “You’re So Vain”

  3. randygnyc - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Craig’s clear choice, “Idiot Wind”

  4. nategearhart - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    AC/DC’s “Rock N Roll Damnation”.

    • chadjones27 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Let There Be Rock would be, in my opinion, a better choice. But, when it comes down to it, you pretty much can’t go wrong with any AC/DC song. “Big Balls” would be epic.

      • ptfu - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        Trevor Hoffman used “Hells Bells” for over a decade and it was awesome.

  5. husky2score - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Make some noise by beastie boys or bartholomew by silent comedy

  6. philsieg - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Well, since I spent most of the time dying in the batter’s box, When I am laid in earth (aka Dido’s Lament) from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

  7. koufaxmitzvah - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Definitely Hendrix. “Axis: Bold As Love” or “Machine Gun” if I want to play moody.

  8. oldpaddy - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Haha I actually don’t think you’re [i]that[/i] bad on twitter.

    No intro music. I hate most music at ball games.

  9. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    This is an easy one:

  10. gerryb323 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Alice in Chains, Man in the Box

  11. El Bravo - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    “That’s Amore” (b/c it mentions pie)

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Thumbs down for the pie reference.

  12. mybrunoblog - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    As a Yankees fan I must be considered partial but I love Enter Sandman. I’ve been to tons of MLB games. Some of the most exciting and electric moments I’ve ever felt were close post season games when that music plays and Mo Rivera jogs in from the bullpen.
    Hate to get all cliche on you guys but if you haven’t been in the ballpark to feel it you just can’t imagine it. Totally electric and the amazing part is it isn’t even part of the actual game!

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      I don’t like the Yankees, but I agree that it’s hard to beat that for entrance music.

  13. undeadjesus - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    The intro to Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

    Actually that would probably be better as a closer-entering-the-game song.

  14. natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I had to go all the way to 54? To find tweets that didn’t look all that bad? Sheesh.

    Queen, “We Will Rock You.”

  15. Kevin S. - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    At bat music: “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
    Closer entrance music: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”

  16. chadjones27 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Even Flow by Pearl Jam would be a really good start

  17. elmo - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    The “charge” theme, on an actual bugle.

  18. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    For Frank Thomas, the obvious choice was The Big Hurt by Timi Yuro.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      oops! Toni Fisher sang The Big Hurt. Timi Yuro sang I’m Hurt.

  19. phalatek6 - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop. The intro starts out slow, which is when the announcer would ideally announce me, then it suddenly picks up and the crowd would go wild.

    I may have stolen this song from a former player but I’m not 100%

  20. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    For me, I would use “The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert. Love the trumpet introduction.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      I have visions of Joe Carter at bat in the bottom of the 9th in Game 6 with Rickey on base. Music please!

  21. foolmaker - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Andrew Baggerly once reported that, in the middle of a brutal slump, Brandon Crawford thought about using “Call Me Maybe” for his entrance. Thankfully his teammates stepped in and prevented that. He ended up using “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson and actually had a fantastic game.

  22. jtorrey13 - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I have to say for irony and The Simpsons, it would have to be “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” by Lesley Gore.
    If I wanted to start a little trouble, I’d say “Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden.
    For pure pump-me-up rock, “It’s Gettin’ Hectic” by The Urge or “Everything Gets Interrupted” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

    Then again, ask me tomorrow and I’m sure I could find a ton more cool songs.

  23. skeleteeth - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    • oldpaddy - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      What was that?
      I want my 2min back…

  24. APBA Guy - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Krokus “Eat the Rich” if I were a starter.

    UFO “Lights Out (in London)” as a closer

    The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as a hitter.

    I couldn’t hit. I was always getting fooled. Badly.

  25. tuloisgod - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    John Couger Mellancamp’s “Tumbling Down.” Great lyrics, bass line and thumping drum. Of course, I also like “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads. Those two songs date me, but I can’t think of any others that would be better at getting the crowd up and cheering for me as I approach the plate, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the ninth, with runners on and down one.

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