Joe Lemire digs into the stories behind players' walk-up music in his fun piece "Inside the prank-filled, throughly-researched world of at-bat music" on SI.com.
Here's an excerpt:
Ah, yes, the pranks. Take this one, courtesy of the Rangers' Michael Young, who comes out to Beastie Boys songs "Sure shot" and "Sabotage." While playing for Class A Hagertown in a 1998 game at Cape Fear, N.C.
Young recounts an amusing incident in which the girlfriend of an opponent wanted to give her boyfriend a nice surprise and had the player's intro song switched -- to Boyz 2 Men's "End of the Road."Ah, "End of the Road." Boyz II Men could make Metallica sound romantic, so the tune ended up on many a 1990s teenager's romantic mixtape thereby creating adolescent confusion before Facebook was there to do it for us. But I digress.
"I think it was the end of the road after that," Young said. "When he found out, I think he kicked her to the curb.
"Guys were laughing about it for the whole series."
Reading Lemire's piece inspired me to do some Orioles-related digging on walk-up music.
Anybody remember the 2008 debut of Kevin Millar's blonde locks and "Ice Ice Baby" walk-up music?
Now go back a bit further. Test your knowledge of which Orioles batters used these walk-up songs in 2004:
"Sweet Home Alabama"
"Hot in Herre"
"Sultans of Swing"
"Hit 'Em Up"
"Shake it Fast"
See how well you did here.