Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This Is My Walk-Up Jam

TIOJ friends, we're trying something new. As you well know, we have a lot of thoughts (and a lot of jams) that we just want to share, so we're going to start doing Theme Tuesdays. Pretty self-explanatory: one post each Tuesday will be titled "This Is My ___ Jam," and we'll each share what our go-to jam for that particular theme would be. Then you should all comment and tell us what your jams are (because we're always looking for more).

SO! Our inaugural Theme Tuesday is "This Is My Walk-Up Jam." You know, the song that baseball players walk up to home plate to before every at-bat. Our hometown Washington Nationals have some pretty good ones (I'm talking about you, Ryan Zimmerman -- quality song rotation every year). And we don't discriminate against pitchers either -- every reliever needs a good song to run in to (Tyler Clippard, I miss you running in to this gem). When I was about 10, my brother told me that if he was ever a major league closer, his intro song would be a mash-up of "Hells Bells" and "Crazy Train." In his next life as a major league baseball player, he can make that happen (sadly, his pitching career in this current life ended at age 9... which was long before he told me about his desired mash-up).

So if we were professional athletes (aside from our brief but brilliant careers on the NAKID kickball fields of D.C.), these would be our walk-up jams:

While I'd ideally like my walk-up song to be "You Shook Me All Night Long" because I think "knockin' me out with those American thighs" is the single best lyric in the entire classic rock radio rotation, the song isn't exactly immediately catchy for a brief walk-up snippet. Therefore, I'm obligated to go with the opening riff of "Back in Black" instead. Love.

So I'm going to take this first Theme Tuesday literally and throwback to one of my favorite Nelly jams, "Batter Up":

But let's be serious, people. As much as I'd love to swagger up to home plate to this song, it is much more likely that I'd be the obnoxious one in the stands pulling a Cameron a la Ferris Bueller.

With this as my walk-up jam, I would have a problem with dancing up to the plate... but hey, maybe that would throw off the other team. If I mixed it up with some Bruce Springsteen, they'd never know what to expect but everyone would be super pumped up all the time.

What's your walk-up song? Ryan Zimmerman, this includes you: we want to know why you pick such good jams.

1 comment:

  1. My walk-up jam... definitely "Bad Girlfriend" by Theory of a Deadman. Even if it's just the musical intro, I love it!



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