Walk Out Music.
by, 03-01-2012 at 12:54 PM (1316 Views)
Picture it: It's the bottom of the ninth at Target Field. The Twins are down by one and there's a runner on second. For a moment, you forgot there were two outs, and you forgot who was up next. Then, the walk-up music starts . . . and you still can't tell. It's not AC/DC, so it's not Morneau. The guy behind you asks "What song is that?"
A trip to Target Field is a trip to baseball heaven, but the music gets piped in from elevator hell.
Walk-up songs are a cue for fans to believe their hometown hero of the night has got the mettle to knock one out of the park, even if just on that one night. Joe Nathan once commented (couldn't find the source, but would love input if you know) "Stand Up and Shout" got the crowd to their feet. When Thome came to the plate, they played music from 300 and it felt like all hell was gonna break lose.
Here are songs current Twins play that do not bring me to my feet or make me want to shout:
Joe Mauer "What You Know" by TI
Danny Valencia "All of the Lights" by Kanye and Rihanna/"Over" by Drake
Drew Butera - "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco
. . . and "Chicken-Fried," by whoever wrote that horrible song I don't care enough to research.
I'm not biased against any genre of music, and I'll even allow the hated "Beautiful Day" by U2 because it does get people out of their seats. I just think Target Field would be a more exciting place if they banned all music that sounded like it came from a CD titled "Mellow Midwestern Moments," and had Joe Mauer nodding politely on the cover.
I mean, hasn't Morneau's walk-up music taught us anything? Rock and roll AIN'T noise pollution, people.
(Thanks to http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenois...sota_twins.php for help with tracking down song titles)