Programming Note: Mehring Monday is going to switch over to Rattler Radio for the season. I will still link it from the main website, but it just makes a little more sense to move it over here until September. At least to me it does.
Programming Note II: This Week In Timber Rattlers Baseball will be back on Friday, April 23. The column ran at SportsBubbler.com last summer through the good graces of Dan Walsh. There was an opportunity to move it to a couple of other websites, but it was decided to keep it here. Like Mehring Monday, TWITRB will run here at Rattler Radio.
Programming Notes III & IV: Flashback Friday and The Interrogation Room will return after the regular season. Probably in October.
To the column!
Every year, the e-mail comes into the inbox about this time of the year. "What is this guys walkup music?" For example, last year it was "What is that song that Sean McCraw has played before he goes to the plate?" The answer was I'm Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys.
My idea of walkup music when attending games at Milwaukee County Stadium was when organist Frank Charles would play Bobby Day's Rockin' Robin on his trusty Wurlitzer as Robin Yount headed for home plate.
But, I have moved into the 21st century on this aspect of the game. Kind of. Some my favorite Timber Rattlers walkup music over the years has been Chris Snelling -- with this little Rob Zombie ditty -- and Juan Done with a little Disturbed. Then, there was Marshall Hubbard, who was a real American, brutha!
I get to hear the opponent's music on the road and they have had some memorable walk up music. There was a Beloit Snapper -- Jeff Eure, I think -- who is proud to be an American where at least he knows he's free. Another Snapper -- Adam Heether, I think -- was just a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm. And for the last three or four years, there is one player on the Burlington Bees roster (a different one every year) who walks up to a classic 80's song by The Outfield.
So, when the question from someone on twitter asked me what the song played for Joey Paciorek, I was ready.
The crack production staff at Time Warner Cable Field sent me a list of everyone's walkup music. And here is that list:
Scooter Gennett - "Play Ball" by Soulja Boy feat. Drake
D'Vontrey Richardson - "Do Ya Thang" by PSC feat. TI
Pete Fatse - "I Made It" by Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
Cameron Garfield - "Till I collapse" by Eminem
Austin Stockfisch - "Green Onions" by Booker T and the MGs
Chris Dennis - "It's My Time" by Fabolous
Sean Halton - "Over" by Drake
Joey Paciorek - "Young Cardinals" by Alexisonfire
Carlos George - "Big Things Poppin'" by TI
Michael Marseco - "Escape" by Our Last Night
Khris Davis - "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" by Ice Cube
Franklin Romero - "I Know You Want Me" by Pitbull
So, the answer to the question is Young Cardinals
In answer to your other question...One. That's how many of the songs on this list I know. That song is this one...
Good DiMaggio, the 60's were weird. How much do you want to bet that some collector has those round individual stage platforms in his basement?
As for your other question, I have already stated that this would be my walkup music...it just has to be cued up to the right part.
I would not use this one. I hear it every time this column posts. Every.single.time.
This one maybe, if everyone in the crowd shouted out MEHRING! at the proper point in the song. Click the link you'll know the part.
I might be persuaded to use this one right now: