In Bill Cosby’s famous “Go Carts” routine, he talked about the importance of having good theme music when racing. Ballplayers love theme music too, as they get to choose four-bar clips that are played when they come to bat in their home parks. Actually, I’m assuming they get to pick their songs. I’m pretty sure they Yankees do anyway. The selections usually are not that interesting: Derek Jeter goes for the latest club hits, Paul O’Neill used to love meat-and-potatoes classic rock cuts. Some guys actually have taste: Chuck Knoblauch appropriately used BDP’s “South Bronx” before his at bats, and David Justice nabbed another 1986 Hip Hop classic, “Eric B is President” by Eric B and Rakim. Other players have a sense of humor–Dave Dellucci goes for the “Godfather” theme down in Texas. (Funny music is so underrated at the ballpark. For instance, a couple of years ago, when Rickey Henderson was on the Mets, he was thrown out trying to steal second one day in Pittsburgh. As he jogged off the field, the organist played “Old Grey Mare.” Wise-ass organists rock.)
Last year, Hideki Matsui used “Get Back” and “Day Tripper” by the Beatles, which I thought was amusing simply because it sounded so out-of-place. But it fit Matsui’s personality well. This year, Matsui is using “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, which is outstandingly random. I’m really loving that. It got me to thinking, wouldn’t it be fun to be able to play DJ for your team? So I sat down and came up with a playlist for the Yankees. (Cliff is working on the bench and will have his picks up later today.) Some of the songs are really obvious, used because they have a good opening, others because the title works.
Derek Jeter: “I Got it Made,” Special Ed; “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” The Rolling Stones
Tony Womack: “My Man Speedy” Joe Cuba Sextet; any generic song you’d hear on Spanish radio that’s like 175 bpm’s and has the word “Magnifico” in the chorus
Alex Rodriguez: “You’re so Vain” Carley Simon; anything by Liberace
Gary Sheffield: “Bad to the Bone” George Thorogood (obvious, I know, but it’d work); “Kick in the Door” Biggie Smalls, or the song it sampled so well, “I Put a Spell on You” Screamin Jay Hawkins
Hideki Matsui: “Smoke on the Water” Deep Purple; “Big Bottom” Spinal Tap
Tino Martinez: “Chocolate City” Parliament (what with the new nickname and all); “The Stroke” Billy Squier
Jason Giambi: “Nowhere Man” The Beatles; “Don’t Bring Me Down” ELO; “I Will [Might] Survive” Gloria Gaynor
Jorge Posada: “Watermelon Man” Mongo Santamaria; “When the Levee Breaks” Led Zeppelin
Luis Sojo: “Sanford and Son Theme Song” Quincy Jones
What joints would you pick? There are no rules here. Come down selector!