There is no wrong choice for a walkout song in baseball, unless that song is “Hotel California” by The Eagles because “Hotel California” is always wrong and should never be played again.
Sorry, I don’t make the rules, just passing along the information.
Most people select their walk-up song based on some combination of they like the song (always a good start), it helps them get ready for their at bat, or they want to entertain the crowd. There are also monsters who want to watch the world burn and force the crowd to hear the intro to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” three to four times over the course of a game.
Two weeks ago, we unveiled our Red Cup Rebellion staff walkout song picks. Last week, we showed you the Ole Miss baseball team’s selections, with both of these lists containing many fine choices to hear blasted over the speakers at Swayze Field.
Today, I’m trying something a little different and choosing a walkout song that best fits each spot in the Ole Miss batting order. For example, you want something with a lot of energy for the leadoff spot, and something in the direction of ABOUT TO WRECK YOUR WORLD for the cleanup spot.
I have no doubt that all the lineup spot choices below will be universally praised and result in no shouting about what an idiot I am. Let’s press play.
1 — “Who Am I (What’s My Name?)” by Snoop Dogg
A classic that comes out in a sprint and gets the people going. As an added bonus, it’s going to inspire a lot of head bobbing from dads and some of the olds.
2 — “My Sacrifice” by Creed
When the leadoff man gets on for Mike Bianco, we all know it’s BUNT TIME, BABY. No better song to tell the opposing team what they already know is coming is indeed coming.
I suppose a Bruce Springsteen song about a factory that once manufactured things but is now closed down would also work.
3 — “I Killed Sally’s Lover (Live)” by The Avett Brothers
After voluntarily giving up an out, we need energy and aggression to bring the crowd back and create excitement about driving in the leadoff man on second base. What better way to do that than a guitar and banjo playing a song about murder at warp speed.
4 — “Twenty” by Karma to Burn
ALL THE GUITAR. ALL THE DINGERS. ALL THE RBIs. PROBABLY TIME FOR A PITCHING CHANGE.
5 — “Still Fly” by Big Tymers
Even if there is no pitching change, the intro lets the guy on the mound know the misery for him and hits off him shall continue after the cleanup hitter just cleared the bases.
6 — “Thugs Get Lonely Too” by Tupac
The hitter in the sixth spot is often overlooked because the pitcher just worked through the three, four, and five hitters, which are usually the most devastating. However, in Ole Miss’ dinger-aggressive lineup, the sixth guy can still mash.
For example, in Ole Miss’s last game in 2020, Kevin Graham hit sixth. In 2019, our lefty son hit a home run every 15.2 official at bats. In 2020, that number jumped to 12.7.
The point being, I like the intro and don’t sleep on Kevin Graham.
7 — “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” by Uncle Tupelo
PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE TIME, FRIENDS. Nothing like letting an opposing pitcher know everything he stands upon is about to be wrecked and swallowed by a crack in the earth.
8 — “The River” (Live Intro) by Bruce Springsteen
Now that we’ve got the pitcher in an emotionally fragile place, let’s hit him with Bruce’s five-minute and 19-second story about fighting with his dad while growing up, his dad telling him he couldn’t wait until the Army drafted him to go to Vietnam, and then his dad being relieved he wasn’t going to be drafted and sent to Vietnam.
The song? Whatever, although very depressing!
9 — “My Sacrifice” by Creed
When the eighth batter gets on, gotta GET HIM INTO SCORING POSITION FOR THE TOP OF THE LINEUP.
Related, Mike Bianco when the sacrifice works:
Bonus Songs: Bullpen Entrance
Assuming all three weekend starters don’t throw complete games every time (A RISKY ASSUMPTION), we’ll see other pitchers make their way in from the outfield. So let’s provide a few options for those entrances.
“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
Demonstrates a reliever who is angry he’s coming into the game and ready to right all of the wrongs.
“This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
Although sung by Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and the late, great Guy Clark and not Guthrie, the endgame here is emotional confusion. For the batter, it’s a new pitcher, new style, new mechanics, and WHY DID THEY JUST PLAY A SONG ABOUT INCLUSION THAT WAS WRITTEN IN 1940.
“Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.
Impossible to include an entrance song list without one of the greatest.
“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” by Three 6 Mafia
Look, the choice is simple. You can choose to enter a baseball game to an Oscar-winning song or you can go with something not as prestigious.
“Your Hand In Mine” by Explosions in the Sky
Another attempt at psychologically destroying the competition. Within 30 seconds, they’ll remember all of the emotionally devastating scenes from Friday Night Lights and be worthless at the plate because you can’t hit when you can’t see through the tears.