Fight the Power! Pick your at-bat song from the '80s
Too bad at-bat songs weren't a big thing in the '80s. Imagine the total glee we would have showed for Major League Baseball if we could have seen Pete Rose come to bat to the tune of ... well, probably not Poison's Every Rose Has Its Thorn. But how appropriate!
Nowadays, aside from wearing pants that are entirely too long (bring back stirrups!), players wander up to home plate to tunes that I happily don't recognize.
Six years ago, ESPN called all the Major League teams and got a run-down on everyone's at-bat song. There were a few '80s gems in there:
- Ozzy Osbourne's Flying High Again (David Sequi)
- Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine (Rodrigo Lopez)
- Bon Jovi's Living On a Prayer (Tony Clark)
- Ratt's Lay It Down (Joe Randa)
- Rush's Tom Sawyer (Corey Koskie)
- Scorpions' Rock You Like a Hurricane (Jason Phillips)
There are plenty more. Click here to see ESPN's list. In the meantime, here's my question o' the day: What '80s song would you pick as your "at-bat song" if you played pro ball?
Here are five that come to mind for myself.
1. TWO TRIBES (Frankie Goes to Hollywood): Frankie isn't the most macho of music, but the beginning of this song (the album version) is classic. And the title just works.
2. BACK IN BLACK (AC/DC): Especially if you're playing for the Chicago White Sox or any team with black as a primary color.
3. MIDDLE OF THE ROAD (The Pretenders): An under-rated tune by a band we should honor a lot more often. Hey, Chrissie! Open up a vegan restaurant down in Florida, please!
4. WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN (The Bangles): This was the Tampa Bay Rays' Miguel Cairo's at-bat song during his brief stay with the hometown team. Good pick for any player looking to improve his on-base percentage.