What’s Your Walk-up Music?

by Jay Nordlinger

Last night, I wrote a post-game report, concerning that afternoon’s Tigers-A’s game. I made a number of points, many of which occasioned a fair amount of mail. One missive came from my old friend Vivek — who is encyclopedic about sports. When Vivek was a kid, his uncle Jagdish called him “my personal ESPN.”

Vivek highlighted this point (gripe) of mine: “They don’t blare music between pitches. But they blare it between batters, just in case you were thinking of talking to your friends, or thinking.” Then he wrote,

“Some people don’t know this, but in most cases the players pick their own ‘walk-up music,’ which gives you a glimpse into their personality. For example, Josh Reddick of the A’s goes with ‘Careless Whisper’ — see here.”

He then asked, “What would you go with?” I don’t know why, but I had my answer in about 1.5 seconds: the introductory bars of “My Sharona.”