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World Series 2017: Rock Music On The Ball Diamond
Posted by Drop-Tuning.com 5:38AM CST 10/24/17​

A ‘walk-up song’ to a Major League Baseball player is more than just a song selection. It’s often the song or vibe that gets a player into their desired “zone.” Depending on the player, that zone might be adrenaline-fueled or Zen-induced. Players achieve their desired zone through different types of music. Whether a baseball player needs to amp up or settle down, the right song selection can psychologically elevate their game. The following 2017 World Series players are not necessarily any more skilled than their peers; but their walk-up songs are better. Let’s look at their selections. 
Brandon McCarthy: Pitcher

Brandon McCarthy might throw heat at 95 miles per hour, but he has a pretty cool taste in music. McCarthy deceives hitters from an isolated mound, while “Comfortable Liar” by Chevelle and “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys play. With two songs, McCarthy showcases a wide array of rock music, seemingly making him one of the more well-rounded rockers of the World Series. 
Above, is Mccarthy as a Texas Ranger during the 2009 season.​
​​Josh Fields: Pitcher​​

Josh Fields does not actually play all over the field, despite what his name indicates. Instead, his professional journey has lead him to the pitcher’s mound. Fields batted over .600 in high school with serious power and numerous accolades. Considering Fields could have become a thriving position player, “Wherever I May Roam” by Metallica is indicative of his journey to the MLB pitcher’s mound.

Pictured, is Fields, when he too was an Astro during the 2013 season.
Logan Forsythe: Infielder/Utility

In his young career, Logan Forsythe has already played every defensive position except pitcher and catcher. Given his many abilities, it should not be a surprise that this 30-year-old Renaissance Man goes to war while “Know Your Enemy” by Rage Against the Machine rings through the stadium.

Forsythe has also been known to walk out to songs by Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden in previous seasons.
Here is Forsythe during the 2017 season.
​​Rich Hill: Pitcher​​

Although Eddie Vedder’s Cubs did not make the World Series this year, there will be no shortage of his music. Leave it to pitcher Rich Hill to make sure that Eddie Vedder is represented in at least two straight World Series.

When Rich Hill takes the mound against the Astros, you will hear Vedder wailing “Even Flow” through the speakers; though Vedder may be watching jealously from his couch.

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Hill with Boston in 2012
Chase Utley: Infield/Utility

It’s not surprising that the elder statesman of the Dodgers is attempting to pass the torch of real music to his younger teammates.


While pop and hip-hop generally dominate MLB players’ walk-up songs, 38-year-old Chase Utley keeps it classic and straightforward with his selection of “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin.
Utley taking a few practice swings before NLCS game 6.
Josh Reddick

In 2014, while with the Athletics, Josh Reddick’s walk-up song was briefly the well known 'Sexy Sax Man' song, or formally “Careless Whisper” by Wham! (originally George Michael).

At this time, Reddick might have needed more Zen in his plate approach and less hype.
Brian McCann: Catcher​

Due to excessive wear and tear on the knees, catchers do not typically serve in the MLB for as long as other positions. By MLB standards, 33-year-old Brian McCann is already considered a veteran catcher.

As McCann steps into the batter’s box during the World Series, “Turn the Page” by Metallica will be playing. Simultaneously, McCann will be hoping he doesn’t have to ‘turn the page’ on his season, or potentially his career.
Above, is Mccann in 2017.
Ken Giles: Pitcher​​

Although he finished 4th on the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year ballot, Ken Giles is still relatively unknown to the average baseball fan.

His 2.30 ERA in 63 regular season games, as well as appearing in several postseason games, have gained him notoriety as a great young pitcher. Additionally, having “Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold as a walk-up song never hurts your status as an up-and-comer either.
​Above is Giles in 2017

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Luke Gregerson: Pitcher

Relief pitcher Luke Gregerson’s walk-up song is “Dead But Rising” by Volbeat. This song selection is masterful considering Gregerson spends his nights sitting lifeless in the bullpen until receiving his call to rise to action.


Seen in the image to the right, Gregerson delivers a pitch for the Houston Astros in 2017.
Will Harris: Pitcher

Another relief pitcher with an epic Volbeat walk-up, is Will Harris. Harris uses Volbeat's “A Warrior’s Call,” which is possibly more heroic than Gregerson’s selection. There might not be a better song for the melodramatic moment of running from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound, than “A Warrior’s Call.” - Seen in the video to the left.

After listening to this track, tell us that you don’t want to run from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound to strike out the most feared hitters in the game. Based on these walk-up song selections, The Drop-Tuning.com conversion metrics suggest the Dodgers will win in 6.