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There’s a new rule on walkup music? OK.

Mar 25, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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Things you can totally miss even if you do nothing but read crap about baseball all day, even in the winter: Major League Baseball has a new rule that limits batters’ walkup music to no more than 15 seconds.

I learn this by reading about Shane Victorino’s disappointment with the new rule over at WEEI. He has taken to using Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” in which the crowd booms in with “Every little things/gonna be alright!” Which comes way past the 15 second mark. Victorino thinks the rule is taking away from the fan experience and that it could impact batters’ rhythms and things.

I’ll admit: being at Game 6 of the World Series and listening to the crowd sing along with Shane and Bob was kind of cool. Maybe even chill-inducing. But (a) I imagine that effect wears off after more than a game, especially when the games aren’t last-game-of-the-World-Series intense; and (b) if everyone did that kind of stuff games would take even longer than they already do.

The lesson: go with punk rock, kids. Those songs are all short and sweet and will get things moving along while still pumping people up.

  1. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    How about focusing on more important things. For example, if umpires followed the letter of the law when it comes to speeding up the game maybe, just maybe, they wouldn’t be able to fit in Bohemian Rhaphsody between pitches during a Sox Yanks game.

    • stevequinn - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      Now THAT is funny!

  2. djandujar - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    They never let me use even 6 seconds of Cannibal Corpse.

  3. renaado - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Well, I wasn’t expecting they’d make a rule for the walk-up music.

  4. campcouch - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Blame Ricky Vaughn and Major League.

  5. 6stn - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Some at-bats take longer than “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      I assume you mean Iron Butterfly and not Slayer’s cover version :D

      • 6stn - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        Yep. The 1968 original, with the carpal-tunnel inducing, three-hour long, drum solo.

  6. stevequinn - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Why do they need “walk up music?” Get a bat, get in the box, and just hit and quit the Broadway Revue cr-p.

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