What Pros Blare: Walk-Up Music for the 2013 Pirates via @rtjr

Source: From Forbes to Federal

Source: From Forbes to Federal

For a team in first place, the Pirates are deserving of a lot more attention than they’ve  been getting, and that goes for WPW, too.  They have a bunch of likable young players, which is really the perfect team to feature in a “Blare” post.  Check them out, and thanks to the Pirates blog, Raise the Jolly Roger, for collecting this info for us to enjoy.

Pedro Alvarez

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Two NY monuments here for the Manhattan-raised Alvarez.  I think the Jay-Z track is way better suited for a walk-up, but Juicy is a can’t-miss hit.

AJ Burnett

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Kinda creepy.  Far from shocked, though.

Gerrit Cole

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Why the knock-off when you can have the real thing?

Jason Grilli

Grilli is probably the only guy on the team old enough to appreciate this song.  I’m a Pearl Jam fan and this is a decent song but I just think there’s better options (and maybe this one, and Animal, above all, but I’ve mentioned that before).  Also check out his grilled-cheese-themed entrance video:

Josh Harrison

What is this his brother?

Jeff Locke

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I sweat Macklemore.  Coulda picked any song off that album and I’d say I loved it.

Jose Tabata

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Out of all the great latin music out there, these guys manage to pick the worst ones.  Is this rap?  Is the “singer” sick?

Mark Melancon

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Entrance music at its finest.  10 out of 10.  GET FIRED UP!

Brandon Inge

Garrett Jones

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If you can’t enjoy yourself to this song then you’re dead inside.

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Aside from a few songs, I’m just not a Metallica guy.  Everybody always tells me how good they are and I almost feel weird saying they suck so I just go along with it.

Jeff Karstens

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Yeah I know he hasn’t thrown a pitch this year, but this song is tight.

Starling Marte

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This is like Chinese water torture.

Russell Martin

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A lot of weird stuff on that album but this is a great choice.  Got the head-nod factor for sure.

Andrew McCutchen

Every time I hear one of these Christian rap songs I like them.  Always good beats and flow.  This one is on and off, the breakdowns are sick, but its a little noisy otherwise.

Cutch likes his walk ups loud, evidenced by his past choices.  This is one of Lil Jon’s hardest, and its a guaranteed stadium banger.  You might say its old but you can’t say its flat.

Neil Walker

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I had no idea what people liked about this dude until I finally gave his album a few listens.  In recent memory, I can’t think of an album with better beats than ASAP Rocky’s, and this is one of my favorites.  Great feature with Skrillex.

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Neil Walker is a genre-destroying mastermind.  2 for 2.

Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy should be back in the rotation soon with this corny-ass song.

(Notably missing: Francisco Liriano)

I feel like its a middle-of-the-pack collection of walk-ups.  Nothing really stood out for me one way or the other, and aside from the usual reggaeton dumpster fires, it was a fine listening sesh.  My personal favorite is Neil Walker’s choices, a classic in Seven Nation Army paired with ASAP Rocky, a riskier choice, won me over.

Grade – B-

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