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What Pros Blare: Walk-Up Music for the 2012 Baltimore Orioles

I haven’t done an Orioles post yet (Adam Jones to come), which is turning out to be a blatant oversight, being that they are in first place in the “AL Beast.”  So, to pay tribute to their early success, I figure I’ll show you their walk-up jams.  The O’s do not disappoint—they’ve put together a pretty nice mix.

I’ll try to go by lineup order (though I can’t find the new guy, Xavier Avery’s music):

JJ Hardy

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sWb1iR2mzM]

Moby, huh?  You’re a power hitter, JJ.  Time to start acting like one.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsMikuC8dzs]

You can roll the dice on pretty much any Timbaland track and it’s probably a great walk-up; however, this one is an all-time favorite of mine.  Bubba Sparxxx had a moment there, huh?

Adam Jones

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWbXQQG9B6c]

San Diego-native Adam Jones picks a song that is so classic it’s almost cliche, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE891IHxyV8]

One of Dre’s best and a great pick for a walk-up.  “No competition, sending all opposition to see a mortician.”

Matt Wieters

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRh-vBOS-dU]

So.  Undeniably.  Catchy.  I wish I could say I didn’t watch that whole thing and smile and hum and bob my head and do the “WOAH-OH-OH” chorus part, but that would be a lie.

Chris Davis

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um0qstzRTqE]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFQPHgQRTBU]

This stuff fits nicely with his new Fu Manchu, but don’t count me as a fan—of the music, of course—that ‘stache’s is about two weeks from absolute dominance.

Wilson Betemit

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMB7YBP9fUg]

Music is a universal language but this one just got lost in translation.  Why are they pretend-drinking from liquor-bottle-shaped cardboard?  A miss from Betemit.

Nick Johnson

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6tqn7uhYKk]

What a pleasant surprise.  Bay Area guys tend to stick with their hometown favorites, and Johnson is Sacramento-born, so Oakland’s very own Luniz is a classy, classy choice.

Robert Andino

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o-fFVU25wk]

Robert Andino goes with Ace Hood and I can’t blame him.  Sinister beat and an aggressive rapper are a good mix.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7m9Y-u-3g]

File this one under “Generic Latin American Dance Hit.”  They all sound the same.  Endy does get a free pass though since he made the most clutch defensive play I’ve ever seen.

Nolan Reimold

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGHggXx8HM]

Gotta admit I’m not up on wrestling.  I did watch it occasionally when I was forced to, but I just prefer real sports.  Call me crazy.  Song sucks, besides.

Tommy Hunter

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br98ad469og]

Guy in the hat really likes that microphone spin move he’s got, huh?  And regardless of where you come from, an ERA over 5 is bad.  Not a huge fan of this one, but I do like Montgomery Gentry’s Lucky Man—soulful.

Jake Arrieta

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNHlVo0cPa8]

The original is just way better.  That’s all.

Brian Matusz

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMyH4XTlVgs]

Funky.  Great for a pitcher because it needs a little time to warm up but when it gets going it doesn’t quit.  Great call.

Wei-Yin Chen

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkyfRu-dpvc]

Wei-Yin FOR THE WIN!  Nelly makes hits.  America.  Taiwan.  All corners of Earth.  If there is life on Mars, they probably listen to Nelly.  He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer in my book and if he isn’t in your book I don’t want to read it.

Luis Ayala

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdrtWX2J58M]

If they played this while I was trying to pitch I would throw four-seamers at the speakers until it stopped.

Matt Lindstrom

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbrjRKB586s]

The culminating song on one of the best albums ever made.  Can’t make a better choice as a reliever.  Nailed it.

Darren O’Day

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X_lOZI9KWI]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_426RiwST8]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrmy_Yjc4Ik]

O’Day picked a few choice numbers from one of the only Rock & Roll bands left on the planet.  No wonder he’s having such a great year.

Pedro Strop

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6P-7VUds0A]

This poor guy sounds like Iago from Aladdin.  Do kids still watch Disney movies?  The reference might be dated, but Aladdin was a classic.  Great soundtrack.

Jim Johnson

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjQ9tuuTJQ]

It can’t  be easy for a band to make consistently good music for as long as the Foo Fighters have.  I’m not real amped up about this pick for a closer, but if Johnson likes the Foo Fighters I can’t really hold it against him.

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