Baseball and music have a storied history together, from the ballpark organs and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sing-alongs of yesteryear to today's increasing reliance on various components of the Cha Cha Slide. Not all music is for the fans, though: The Arizona Diamondbacks' walk-up music is for and by the players themselves.
Sometimes it helps get them focused, sometimes it's a joke, sometimes it's just a song they like. But how do these songs -- played before each at-bat, as the player's announced -- reflect the players?
Let's take a look.
We've arranged this post for the benefit of all our fellow scorecard-users out there -- click a player's positional number (2 for catcher, 3 for first baseman, etc.) to navigate to him directly, or click forward to page two to go from Montero to Parra in order. (If it helps, pretend you're doing it with a really flimsy golf pencil.)
Miguel Montero - C Walk-up song: El Mundo, "Chaccaron Maccaron"
Why'd he pick it? We have no idea.
Even still, this is our favorite song choice from any of the D-backs' players. Maybe Montero is just trying to play some head games with the opposing pitcher, or maybe he legitimately gets pumped listening to this song.
Either way, "Chaccaron Maccaron" should put a smile on the face of anyone listening, which is why it's the perfect song for Montero. Miggy is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy; whether he's crushing the ball at the plate or sunflower seeds on the bench, he's constantly joking around.
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Walk-up song: Chris Cagle, "Got My Country On"
Newly minted All-Star Paul Goldschmidt is no show-off, so it's not surprising his song is a little mellow and eccentric for a league-leading slugger. Goldschmidt grew up just outside Houston, and that's probably where he found his love for country music.
The way Goldschmidt has swung the bat should really warrant more of a badass song, as we see it. Still, as long as America's first baseman continues to belt home runs, he could walk up to the plate to "Barbie Girl," for all we care.
Aaron Hill - 2B Walk-up song: AC/DC, "Back in Black"
Aaron Hill is the prototypical hard-nosed ballplayer -- he won't make many flashy plays, but he'll get the job done and then some.
"Back in Black," a classic choice, is the prototypical hard-nosed, gritty walk-up song.
Martin Prado - 3B Walk-up song: Alvaro, "Make the Crowd Go"
Martin Prado, in his first season with the club after coming over in the Justin Upton trade, goes with the first dubstep song on the list.
Off-hand, Prado doesn't seem like the type to gyrate to EDM, but we do know he loves to celebrate; he started the blow-dart celebration that's currently sweeping through the D-backs clubhouse.
Didi Gregorius - SS Walk-up song: Notorious B.I.G., "Notorious"
This rookie is one of the few players who actually has his name written into a song, kinda. With the music blaring from Chase Field's surround sound and Gregorius' name flashing on the Jumbo-Tron, its hard not imagine Biggie Smalls singing "Gregorius" instead of "notorious."
Before he steps into the batters box, the Dutch shortstop must get a rush of confidence from knowing Biggie is chanting his name from beyond the grave.
Cody Ross - LF Walk-up song: Lil' Wayne, "No Worries"
Although Cody Ross' favorite artist is Lil' Wayne, he likes to mix up his walk-up song. Where most players are slaves to ritual, Ross just loves too many songs; so along with Weezy, Chase Field has also been known to boom Rick Ross'Push It
We didn't peg Ross as the hip-hop type, given his usual mellow manner. But his mix-tape must get him pumped up. A.J. Pollock - CF Walk-up song: Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky"
For a rook, Pollock has some old-school taste in music. Much like the rest of the D-backs, Pollock's grit-and-grind style is demonstrated through his walk-up song.
Maybe his Notre Dame background has a little to do with Pollock's choice of music, but Norman Greenbaum's fuzz guitar probably had a little more influence on his decision. Gerardo Parra - RF Walk-up song: Daddy Yankee, "Limbo"
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Born in Santa Barbara del Zulia in Venezuela, Parra starts each plate appearance with a little bit of a Latin twist. And since Parra is constantly running and diving all over the diamond, Limbo's up-tempo, dance-ready sound perfectly embodies his playing style.