Walk-up Songs?

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January 24, 2010 9:11 AM

This may sound a little over-the-top for a HS team, but does your HS team have volunteer or paid PA's? If so, do you guys have walk-up songs for your players?

Just curious about other programs. Peace GED10DaD
 
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January 24, 2010 10:17 AM

Yes, we have Alum Parents, volunteers, that handle the PA sound system for Home games..... and yes every player has their "walk-up" song. Of course, the players love it and so do we parents!
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 2:05 PM

I do the PA for my son's high school baseball team...yes, I do walk-ups, but for Varsity only, not JV...kind of look at it as a small fringe benefit once you make varsity. I let them request a song or two for walkups (usually they have to be extensively edited to get the right sound-bite)...seniors gets their first choice and on down. If they don't send me their request, I pick something out for them, and they usually give me a request after the first time they hear it...heard of another local HS that allows the Seniors to pick first-time varsity player's walk-up for them...get lot's of Madonna, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift...

OK, I'm rambling, but thought I'd chime in. The players do like it...

GT
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 2:44 PM

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Welcome to the HSBBW scdigger. Here's a walk up song for you...

Too much rambling may give you this...


Wink

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January 24, 2010 3:40 PM

A highly unscientific study conducted locally over the last two seasons indicated that in games in which walk up songs were utilized, batters took longer to begin to walk to the plate then walked slower. Then the umpire had to hold the pitcher off longer to wait for the announcer to turn off the sound.

This all resulted in an addition to the game time of 10-15 seconds per batter, or an average of about 7-8 minutes per game when one side used music and about 15 minutes per game when each side used music.

Again, this was conducted only locally and by umpire evaluators with stop watches at both games with and without walk up songs.

No scientfic significance is claimed.
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 5:29 PM

Our high school does it, but like scdigger's, only for the varsity.
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 5:52 PM

Our team did it last year.

Son was a freshman last year and the seniors picked his song, which was "Dancing Queen".

Contrary to Jimmy03's quoted study, during his one official AB, he was actually in the box ready to hit before the pitcher got the ball back from the previous play. PA guy played it anyway, the umpire cracked up, called time and made us all listen to a few seconds before he put the ball in play.

I do agree it generally slows things down, is loud and all the songs sound the same, bad.

And yes, I know I sound like my parents.
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 8:24 PM

walk ups are cool!
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 11:19 PM

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Originally posted by Good-eye:
walk ups are cool!


Agree...my son's high school did them for both Varsity and JV games last year...The kids enjoyed it...
 
 
 
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January 24, 2010 11:54 PM

I always thought it would be a good Idea to raffle off the walk-out song's to the student body, ( target the girl's ).
And then you would have them coming to your games to listen to your walk-out song, since they picked it out.
Raffle it off every home game. A good fund raiser.
And you just might increase your fan base.

EH
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 12:08 AM

I'd like to see pitchers pick the batter's walk up song.

"Swing and Amiss" by Statepark would make a good one.
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 6:46 AM

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Originally posted by gotwood4sale:
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Welcome to the HSBBW scdigger. Here's a walk up song for you...

Too much rambling may give you this...
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Hehe...I'd probably need to lock the door to the press box before playing it! I'd have players from both teams climbing the stairs to pull the wires out of the wall...now, some of the parents would probably like it! Take care.
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 7:14 AM

Baseball boogie song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...WaoY&feature=related

Where can I get one of those jacket's?

EH
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 7:50 AM

Lux Aeterna
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 8:40 AM

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    "Where can I get one of those jacket's?"





And after all of these years they're probably still in good shape...their ability to biodegrade wasn't a selling feature!




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January 25, 2010 9:01 AM

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    "I'd have players from both teams climbing the stairs to pull the wires out of the wall..."



Pull the wires out of the wall? I wonder what they'd do after hearing this one!


Wink

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January 25, 2010 9:47 AM

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Originally posted by theEH:
Baseball boogie song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...WaoY&feature=related

Where can I get one of those jacket's?

EH



Wow! Lifelong Dodger fan here....had to turn that off after about 10 seconds!
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 10:44 AM

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Well maybe this is something you can stay tuned into papi?


Wink

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January 25, 2010 11:44 AM

At my college, the baseball team picked the walk up songs for the freshmen. Many got TGIF show theme songs ("Step by Step" and "Full House" are the two I remember). All of them were hilarious!!!
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 12:04 PM

"Walk-up" songs are ghey....Unless they are meant to make fun of someone.
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 5:49 PM

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Originally posted by Andrew Dunlap:
Lux Aeterna



???
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 6:11 PM

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I'm guessing it has nothing to do with this...





Wink

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January 25, 2010 6:19 PM

While I was jogging tonite with Ipod in tow, how can you NOT get pumped up to Crazy Train by Ozzy Ozborn?

Chipper Jones walk out song!
 
 
 
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January 25, 2010 9:00 PM

HSV coach today: "No walk up songs here. Just fundamental baseball"
 
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January 26, 2010 12:30 AM

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Originally posted by biggerpapi:
quote:
Originally posted by Andrew Dunlap:
Lux Aeterna



???


Perhaps it was also Grant Desme's walk-up song.

From a cursory Wikipedia search: Lux Aeterna can refer to the following: The Latin term lux aeterna, which means "eternal light"; The communion chant for a Requiem Mass, named for its ...
 
 
 
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January 26, 2010 10:43 AM

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Originally posted by SultanofSwat:
HSV coach today: "No walk up songs here. Just fundamental baseball"


Thank you for saying that. Winning teams don't do walk-up songs. They get in the box, concentrate, and hit pi$$missles.
 
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January 26, 2010 12:22 PM

Walk up songs are fun! I wonder if the players even hear them, I'm certain 2B doesn't, but I think they are fun for the crowd. 2Bdad and I are the varsity announcers this year, and we are putting the list together at HSV's request and with help from the players.

YGD - thanks! CJ is a favorite player of mine. I'm going to add that one.
 
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January 26, 2010 1:12 PM

quote:
Originally posted by td25:
quote:
Originally posted by SultanofSwat:
HSV coach today: "No walk up songs here. Just fundamental baseball"


Thank you for saying that. Winning teams don't do walk-up songs. They get in the box, concentrate, and hit pi$$missles.


Cant say I disagree, because the most ridiculus thing that can happen is a player waiting to walk up to his music...."let the bodies hit the floor" as I remember, then strike out on 3 straight swings.....
 
 
 
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January 26, 2010 2:07 PM

Not really in favor of the walk up songs but think the "Dancing Queen" story is hilarious.

Doubt I could even swing the stick if that song came over the speakers. I know the catcher had to ask him if he had "his big boy panties on" or a "lace jock" or something like that.
 
 
 
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January 26, 2010 2:44 PM

For the past several years, our district rival (and also district champ last year) has played "Dancing Queen," "Teenage Wasteland," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," etc., while our guys warmed up. We have not beaten these guys in at least 3 years.

I was hoping for a little payback this year...I think the only song I'd need is Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." Get on your bikes and ride!

But, alas, we changed districts and don't play them anymore! Frown
 
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January 26, 2010 3:40 PM

My sons last game of his senior year in H.S., the coach said they could have walk up song for the last game of the league. I was working the P.A. and we had a kid that when he warmed up on the mound, no one knew where the pitch was going to go. The players would all chime in and sing "wild Thing". So I decided that if he pitched that day I would play Wild Thing on the P.A.. My son had burned some CD's and had the name on the songs on the CD and one said Wild Thing. So the kid comes on the mound and I put in the CD and started the song. Turns out I didn't know that there was two songs called Wild Thing, the one that we all know from Mitch Williams day and another one that some Hip Hop artist sang. Needless to say the words to the song were not the ones I remembered. The kids in the bleachers all got up and started dancing and singing, the adults were kind of shocked.
If I ever do it a P.A. again, I think I'll preview the music.
 
 
 
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January 26, 2010 9:21 PM

2BMom, at least your team had "Dancing Queen" played for them on the road. Jr. had it played for him at home as a freshman...

But he's a sophomore this year, so we're hoping to move up to "Fat Bottomed Girls" which simply put is a pretty good song if you aren't paying close attention to the words.

As a parent, I'd kill for Baba O'Riley (aka "Teen Aged Wasteland"). Or even better, staying with the Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again" for the second at bat, assuming he gets a second at bat...

I always pictured myself as a "Comfortably Numb" (Pink Floyd) kind of guy, walking in from the bullpen, but I don't share that vision with my children...

Of course, if they outlawed this whole practice, I'd give thanks.
 
 
 
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January 27, 2010 8:34 AM

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But he's a sophomore this year, so we're hoping to move up to "Fat Bottomed Girls" which simply put is a pretty good song if you aren't paying close attention to the words.


Yes, it is a rockin' song. As is "Pretty Fly for a White Guy," but somehow I don't think Coach would like that one. Smile
 
 
 
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January 27, 2010 8:50 AM

If my son got to pick his walk up song and it wasn't edited by someone over 40, everyone within 10feet of the PA system would be arrested.
Amazing some of the lyrics on rap songs!
 
 
 
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January 27, 2010 10:08 AM

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Originally posted by fillsfan:
If my son got to pick his walk up song and it wasn't edited... Amazing some of the lyrics...!
No joke! You gotta love AUDACITY. GED10DaD
 
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January 27, 2010 11:24 AM

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Originally posted by piaa_ump:
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Originally posted by td25:
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Originally posted by SultanofSwat:
HSV coach today: "No walk up songs here. Just fundamental baseball"


Thank you for saying that. Winning teams don't do walk-up songs. They get in the box, concentrate, and hit pi$$missles.


Cant say I disagree, because the most ridiculus thing that can happen is a player waiting to walk up to his music...."let the bodies hit the floor" as I remember, then strike out on 3 straight swings.....


Now thats funny.

Walk-up songs are cocky, and they can be used against you by the other team if you fail. This is a great example of that.

Some of these kids can use a dose of humility.
 
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January 27, 2010 4:16 PM

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Walk-up songs are cocky, and they can be used against you by the other team if you fail.


td25 ... This will probably surprise you, but Good hitters don't for a second consider failing! And considering them cocky because of their walk-up songs??? ... what's 9 hitters times 30 MLB teams that all play walk-ups?? The songs just might be here to stay. What about "high fives" and "fist pumps", now there is a real demonstration, by your barometer, of what not being humble is all about???
 
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January 28, 2010 8:23 AM

Honestly, I think, at least from my perspective, the walk-ups are less about the player (even though they can request their own) and more about the atmosphere outside the fence for the fans...same with announcing names, music between innings, heck having a scoreboard even. My son on ocassion will say, "why do you play that song, everybody in the dugout hates it." But the music, I feel, "in game" is for the fans and not the players...as a matter of fact, I "let" the players submit some playlist request last year for pre-game and in-game music...out of about 50 songs they requested, I had to delete/censor 39 of them...if Lil' Wayne was on the list, I didn't even look up the lyrics.

But no, NEVER play a song over the PA system if you haven't either listened to it or read the lyrics. And yes, GunEmDown10 - Audicity is great!
 
 
 
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January 28, 2010 8:38 AM

I agree with you, sc.

2B and I are going to put the playlist together this weekend, and he's going to help me edit. I think he is embarrassed by some of the songs his teammates picked, and wants to edit them himself so as not to offend mom's tender ears. Wink

Surprisingly, Lil' Wayne actually has a clean song out. One of the few that 2B will play for me on his boom-boom-boom car stereo. Can't remember the name, but it's inspired by Michael Phelps.
 
 
 
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January 28, 2010 10:21 AM

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Walk-up songs are cocky, and they can be used against you by the other team if you fail.


td25 ... This will probably surprise you, but Good hitters don't for a second consider failing! And considering them cocky because of their walk-up songs??? ... what's 9 hitters times 30 MLB teams that all play walk-ups?? The songs just might be here to stay. What about "high fives" and "fist pumps", now there is a real demonstration, by your barometer, of what not being humble is all about???


Once a kid makes it to the majors, they earn the right to play a walk-up song, not before. When I played in highschool, I was the fastest kid I played with or against (even led our league in SB). One day I drew 2 tiny lightning bolts on the brim of my cap. Once the coach saw it, he ripped into me, and the whole team was forced to run for it the next 2 hours of practice. That cured me of my cockyness immediately.

Everyone knows they are going to fail at some point, even the good hitters. Baseball is built that way. Why play a cocky walk-up song, and give the other team ammunition against you? It may surprise you, but it also disrespects the other team. Its just stupid in my opinion.
 
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