Let Us Now Harshly Mock the At-Bat Music of the Yankees and Mets
Chris Carter had a short career in the major leagues. He hit below league-average in 113 at bats from 2008-2010. He played in Japan the past two years. His career wasn't that notable except for one thing: In 2010 with the Mets, Carter's at-bat music was Rick Derringer's "Real American." As in Hulk Hogan's entrance theme.
Sometime in the last 20 years --the origin is generally understood to be the 1993 Seattle Mariners--baseball players started to get to choose the music that plays before coming to bat. (Pitchers also get warm-up music on the mound.) This was a welcome development for two reasons: 1) it angered a lot of old-heads who complain about any sort of change or show of individuality in sports and 2) it allowed you to judge your favorite baseball players by musical taste instead of just baseball ability. Who's the kind of player who would come out to "Rock Me Amadeus"? Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia , that's who!
Picking entrance music is reminiscent of pro wrestling, making Hulk Hogan's theme song a particularly strong choice. Thanks to the website Designated Hits, we even have a searchable database of players' at-bat and warm-up themes. Nine different players use the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Nine players also use Drake's "Started from the Bottom." Bryce Harper uses six songs, including one from Miley Cyrus.
So let's take a look at the at-bat music of the Yankees, Mets, and some of the nobodies around the league and see who's playing what, and how harshly we should mock them.
First, the Yankees:
3rd: Ichiro, "Drop It Like It's Hot" (Snoop Dogg and Pharrell)
Sure, it's funny Ichiro is using a nine-year-old Snoop song; it reminds us that Snoop Dogg is an international superstar. But it also allows you to do the Snoop steering wheel dance when Ichiro bats. He also uses Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance."
2nd: Austin Romine, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Journey)
This feels like a real entrance theme -- a wrestler could use it -- and it's not as overplayed as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Romine may be hitting around .200, but he has great taste in rock.
Best: Mariano Rivera, "Enter Sandman" (Metallica)
Rivera almost never bats --he's 0-for-3 with a walk in his 19-year career--but Metallica's 1991 track plays when Rivera comes in to close out a game. It's only too appropriate: He has the most saves in MLB history and is a no-doubt future Hall of Famer. He's not even the first closer with the theme: Billy Wagner originally used it in Houston. But considering Wagner's retired,we'll let it slide.
This is Rivera's last season, so this No. 1 spot is wide open next year.
Honorable mention: Mark Teixeira, Run DMC's "It's Tricky"; Curtis Granderson, Busta Rhymes's "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"
Worst: Derek Jeter,P Diddy's awful version of "Come with Me" he did for the Godzilla soundtrack
Couldn't he just use Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" like the Phillies' Chase Utley? As discussed above, it's okay to steal. This is the same riff, only inferior. One can only hope this was chosen because 1998's Godzilla is Jeter's favorite film.
Dishonorable mention: Alex Rodriguez, Pitbull's "International Love"; Kevin Youkilis, Soulja Boy's "Crank That"; Mark Teixeira, O.A.R.'s "This Town"; Mark Reynolds, 311's "Amber"
Now, the Mets: