Relief Pitchers And The Tunes That Move Them

Entrace music for relief pitchers has been a popular topic of discussion lately. Daniel Engber at Slate.com goes into a fairly thorough history of entrance music for relievers, including the odd fact that no one seems to select any music that was produced in the last 10 years. Here are some handy tidbits from the article:

• John Rocker was such a popular guy that Twisted Sister (Twisted Sister!) felt like he was impugning their integrity by using one of their songs as his entrance music.
• "The Mad Hungarian" Al Hrabosky used to enter to "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" played on the organ.
• Mike Stanton of the Nationals uses a Toby Keith song that refers to "putting a boot in your ass" as "the American way."
• Todd Jones, while in Detroit , used the Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones." Then, in Florida, he uses a Christian rock song.
• The best music, as selected by the article's author, Nas' "Hate Me Now," used by A's releiver Huston Street.

A Christian rock song... come on, Todd Jones. Why not just go with "Wind Beneath My Wings"? Couldn't find a suitable Celine Dion song? The theme from Titanic, perhaps?

Myself, I'd go with a techno remix of "YMCA." I think that would intimidate.

Hear My Song, Fear My Fastball [Slate.com]