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What Pros Blare: Walk-Up Music for the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays

Do you guys like these posts?  I hope you do, because I’m going to keep doing them.  Plus I have plans tonight so I’m not sure I’ll be able to post later.

Here’s our third installment of “What Pros Blare.”  This time, we profile the walk-up selections of the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays.  Also, I’ll add some of the players thoughts when making their choice (from thestar.com):

Yunel Escobar

Cuban reggaeton.  It’s like pizza.  Even if it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.  This one is serviceable.

Kelly Johnson

Rage just doesn’t get enough love for this exact purpose.  Run-through-a-wall music.  Bravo, Kelly.  Note: If you’re into this, try Maria.  If I was a closer, that might be the one I storm in with.

Jose Bautista

No way, Jose.  Word is, Bautista is going to be changing this.  This song is at least half responsible for his .190 average to date.  It’s not a bad song, but it doesn’t fit the requirements of the best power hitter in baseball.

Adam Lind

This is incredible.  What a throwback, and from an unlikely source.  I’m not ashamed to say I love this.  Thank you, Adam Lind.  (Adding to party playlist)

Note to the rest of Major League Baseball: ADAM LIND JUST PUT YOU ON NOTICE.  This is how you pick entrance music.  I am floored.

Edwin Encarnacion

I’m still in a daze from Lind’s jams.  This seems OK.  It’s just tough to follow that kind of dominance.

Brett Lawrie

This might just be the only song that can bring me out of the Adam Lind walk-up music hangover.  The Blue Jays should switch the lineup around strictly for this purpose.

As much as I enjoy the original, this is one of my least favorite songs on the radio.  Etta James made Flo Rida & Avicii a whole heck of a lot of money with this one, though you can’t fault the guys for making hits.

What Brett says: “It just gets me fired up. It gets my mind right and puts a good feeling inside me. I don’t know what it is, it’s just got a good beat, it’s really upbeat and it just puts a smile on my face and it feels good. It keeps me loose when I hear it.”

Eric Thames

So, Eric starts this one at 2:16.  The guitar solo I can understand—heavy metal, however, will always be a mystery to me.  (Thames grooming habits now make slightly more sense, though.)

What Eric says: “I’m definitely a heavy metal and death metal kind of guy. I love Killswitch Engage and it’s one of those songs where it just really gets you fired up and gives you that fight mentality. It’s money, especially out here in these big speakers.”

Colby Rasmus

I’m so torn on Yelawolf.  He’s clearly a ridiculous rapper, but I just can’t seem to get past his squirrelly voice.  Not even sure if that’s the word.  Nevertheless, it’s why I was never into Cypress Hill–B-Real’s voice.  Still, Colby, I’m not AGAINST this choice—I know you were worried.

J.P. Arencibia

Not surprisingly, this sounds a lot like Rage’s Maria that I mentioned before.  Same lead guitarist, same bassist, same drummer.  Same epic build-up.  Same bad ass power chords.  Great choice.

J.P. Arencibia.  A man of many tastes.  He’s no Lind, but it’ll do.

Rajai Davis

I was ready to laugh at this.  Ready to give it a real snide comment.  Ready to scoff at it.  Then Kirk Franklin sent my Dell up in flames.  Rajai, bang this one to the heavens and back!  JESUS!

What Rajai says: “It’s upbeat, isn’t it? It gets me going. I heard it and said, ‘This is the one for me!’ I make sure I don’t go to the [batter’s] box too early, because they shut it off as soon as you step foot in the box. I gotta make sure I have enough time to enjoy it, so if they start it late, well, I gotta start late, you know?”

Omar Vizquel

Old guys.  So out of touch.

What Omar says: “Rush is one of my favourite bands and since they are Canadian, I felt it would be appropriate with the Blue Jays. I liked Rush from the time I was 12. Just a completely different sound. I have all their albums. … I saw the lead singer, Geddy Lee, behind the plate once (Lee is a season-ticket holder) . . . now when he comes to games and I’m playing, he’ll hear his song.”

Jeff Mathis

You can judge these songs as a whole, but the real judgment for our purposes should be the first 15 seconds or so, which is all you really get with a walk-up song.  This one’s first :15 gets it done, plain and simple.

Ben Francisco

Nas & Lauryn Hill go together like peanut butter & jelly.  One of the best songs on an underrated album.

Eh.  There’s like 5 songs on that album I’d pick before this one, and that’s only if you’re looking to get relaxed and loose in the box—which I can understand, it’s just not my style.  To each his own.

Ricky Romero

I was wondering when someone was going to represent.  You can’t really lose with Drake.  I give Romero credit for the hometown selection (much of this video is shot at Rogers Centre), and for one of the best young pitchers in the American League, “the real is on the rise” fits nicely.

Brandon Morrow

A very California choice for the Bay Area native.  I’m not a huge fan, but I don’t throw mid-90s so I don’t get to make that call.

Henderson Alvarez

Give the kid a break, he’s only 22 years old.  Much to learn about entrance music, and life, in general.

Kyle Drabek

The combination of bullet-proof vests and choreography is slightly disconcerting, but as an entrance song, it’s not too bad.  And Roy Jones, Jr.?  Would I be crazy to say he kills this?

Jason Frasor

From an ancient time when MTV played music.  Good song, does the job for a middle reliever.

Sergio Santos

What a surprising choice from Santos.  Rob Zombie had a moment there where he was making some cool music, and this is probably his most popular headbanger.  For a closer, this fits the mold.

What Sergio says: “I listen to all types of music, but it seemed like the best fit for coming in and shutting a game down. (But) I can’t even hear it when I come out. If they played it a little bit louder I could maybe hear it.”

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