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What Pros Blare: Walk-Up Music for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals

I haven’t done one of these in a while, and since the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals have received a grand total of ZERO love on WPW (who should I do?  I think I’ll do my boy Beltran), I figured I’d give them a What Pros Blare post as retribution for my oversight—I’m sure it’s really been bugging them.

Rafael Furcal

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN5I-POIc_M]

Thumbs down.  Too slow.  The antithesis of Rafael Furcal, really.

Jon Jay

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y77PtOnU1TM]

I listen to this and I feel bloated and lazy.  Maybe it was the 3 pound burrito at lunch, maybe it’s because Rick Ross sucks.  Probably both.

Matt Holliday

Conflicting reports on Holliday so I’ll add both:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV8WRarFMCA]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4ujS1er1r0]

The Big Show was cool in 1998.  Zac Brown’s Chicken Fried was cool in 2008.  Holliday with his finger on the pulse!  Seriously though, I do really like that Zac Brown song.

Carlos Beltran

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg]

Boring.  Carlos must be a bit busy (leading the league in home runs) to focus much time on his walk-up music.  To each his own, I guess.

David Freese

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm38Ojh61lY]

I’ve said it before—this might be my choice if I closed games for a team significant enough to have a sound system.  Tool is incredible.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ST-QbFHtU]

If the most clutch single game performance you’ll ever see isn’t impressive enough, Mr. Freese has won me over with these picks.  Tool.  Nelly.  Checkmate.

Allen Craig

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GZbaXdK8Js]

Bay Area guys’ commitment to local hip-hop is quite romantic.  UC Berkeley grad Craig stays true.

Yadier Molina

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEaDhLyLwK0]

Hmm.  I like this darker twist on reggaeton.  Gives it a sinister feel.  Like, “Yes, we are going to shake our booty on the dance floor, but I might eye-gouge you at any moment.”

Matt Carpenter

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahmn02Urc0c]

Matt Carpenter out of Galveston, TX with a SOLID choice here.  I’ve said it in an earlier “Blare,” the right country song can feel so natural and so good in a baseball stadium.  This one without a doubt would put a little jump in your step at Busch Stadium.

Danny Descalso

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoVg5dG6o_Q]

“R.I.P. Mac Dre, I’mma do it for the Bay.”  Descalso, a Bay Area guy, can’t go wrong with a hometown favorite.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22st8ORI8RU]

Descalso stick with the best of hip-hop, but I can’t say this is J. Cole’s best option for a walk-up.  Not even on this album.  Rise and Shine is just too good.  Blow Up is built to tear the roof off.  Grown Simba gets me all jacked up, too.  And I know this is Tinie Tempah featuring J. Cole (and I’m officially on a tangent), Like It Or Love It is SICK, too.

Lance Berkman

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bwfm7-uNS4]


Matt Adams

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtgHiEGGQ4s]

Wait… a southern rap song with Rick Ross and T-Pain about… about money?!?!  STOP THE PRESSES!

Adam Wainwright

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KREQ2ZOkkIY]

He says “sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth,” and then he keeps talking.  That’s my only issue with the song.

Jake Westbrook

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkAsmIZak2Y]

Big Alabama fans on the Cardinal staff, eh?  This one is better, though.  Still not really much of an entrance.

Kyle Lohse

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crdp30kRG3U]

Well, at least SOMEBODY knows what they’re doing on the Cardinals staff.  Thank you, Kyle, for restoring order to Busch Stadium and choosing a fantastic entrance song.

Jaime Garcia

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cWvo6MwqVc]

I guess this is officially the point where I have nothing clever to say about reggaeton.  I’ve done too many of these features and run out of material.

Jason Motte

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCHFiJ9MIB0]

This is a great pick for a bearded-rocker type closer.  Gets the crowd going and probably adds an MPH or three onto his mid-90s fastball.

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