Thursday, May 28, 2009

Matt Wieters is Dreamy, but Can He Dance?

So perhaps you've heard about this Wieters kid who's making his debut on Friday? Word is he's pretty good, and the fans are pumped.

Okay, so it's impossible to avoid the hype, and even to join in. To borrow a familiar, upbeat, Orioles phrase - Why Not? It's nice for O's fans to have something to get excited about.

Wieters' debut seems to be inspiring lists, including The Post's rundown of, ahem, the best catchers in Orioles history. No pressure, Matt. You're just another one of the guys.

Duly inspired, Roar from 34 has produced its own Matt Wieters list, one that addresses a critical, yet seemingly under-addressed topic: Songs Matt Wieters could use for his plate appearances.

Here are seven possibilities:

Number One



"All that pressure you applyin' its time to ease off"

"I am number one - no matter if you like it, Here take it sit down and write it."

: Reflects Wieters' standing as baseball's No. 1prospect; has a beat you - but definitely not I - can dance to; no room for modesty with Wieters until the post-game press conference.

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Fleetwood Mac

Key Lyrics:

"Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,

Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone."

: A good run by Wieters will only increase optimism about the team's future; connections to aged band and Bill Clinton's presidential campaign potentially problematic (after all, this is the post-music-partisan, Will.I.Am Obama era).

Brand New Day

Joshua Radin

Key Lyrics

"It’s a brand new day

The sun is shinning
It’s a brand new day
For the first time
In such a long long time
I know
I’ll be ok."

: In keeping with the future theme but with a more updated feel; after a dozen years of losing, a new day is what it's all about.


Foo Fighters

Key Lyrics

"There goes my hero

Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero."

: He's already a hero to many fans without even having swung a bit in the bigs; Foo Fighters version is an upgrade over hero-themed lyrics from Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, and yes, even Bonnie Tyler (great Jumbotron video, problematic lyrics, as discussed in a 2006 Roar from 34 post).

The Greatest

Kenny Rogers


"He makes no excuses, He shows no fears

He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers."

: Again, no need for humility until the MASN post-game interviews; some already have Wieters' name in the conversation for "The Greatest"; ancillary benefit - a Kenny Rogers guest appearance at the ballpark, a la John Denver, would give fans a chance to see if Rogers' surgery-riddled face melts in the afternoon sun.

Enter Sandman


Key Lyrics
: None

: Just to piss off Yankee fans.

You Dropped the Bomb on Me

The Gap Band


"You dropped a bomb on me, baby

You dropped a bomb on me."

: Hopefully Wieters will drop many bombs in Orange and Black; serves as a nod to former O's TV guy Michael Reghi and his fondness for the phrase "unleashes a bomb."

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