(This is an incomplete list of the Jays walk up music. If you can help us out on Munenori, Edwin and Blanco we’d appreciate it!)
By: Ted Gorsline
We all know that good walk up music sets the tone for an at home at bat. Its one of the few small windows into the soul of the players that we get. It is an avenue of personal expression for the players and shows the kind of image they want to paint for their home crowd.
Without further adieu: The Fans on Front Guide to the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays Walk up Music. Cue the Blake Shelton already!
Rajai Davis – Kirk Franklin: Jesus.
Its impossible to hear this song and not thing of the loud system at the dome saying RAJJJJAiii… DAviiiisss! Furthermore, if you are hearing this opening it usually means someone much more qualified (J-Bau) is injured or someone much less qualified (Emilio Bonifacio) is being pinched hit for. Either way. I wouldn’t associate Kirk Franklin with a Blue Jays victory.
Adam Lind - If I Ruled the World: Nas
Adam Lind is from the resort destination of choice of Gerry Gergich of Muncie, Indiana (FACT!). As such: I’m not really sure how Lind picked a song by Nas. This song neither has a melody, nor does it pump you up. So in terms of great walk up music, this one is a complete bust. But I guess it does make us all think that Lind is way more bad ass than he really is…
Melky Cabrera - The Motto: Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
See this guy knows what he’s doing. Anything with Drake is an instant crowd pleaser in Toronto. Also, its hard for me to question anyone who uses a rapper with an apostrophe in their name for a walk up song. Its hard to know exactly what part of this song speaks to the Melky without getting concerned about his personality. Knowing Melky as well as I do, I bet this speaks to him the most: “Skeet skeet skeet: water gun
Oh my God, Becky, look at her butt! Tunechi!”
J.P. Arencibia: The Stroke: Billy Squier
This sweet 80′s guitar riff focused song is perfect for the kind of guy that could go yard at any time and get the Jays back in the game. (#premiseoftruth) JP is a fan favorite in Toronto for swinging a big stick and it should come as no surprise to you that the drummer in this band twirls his drumsticks in the music video.
This song harkens Mark back to a simpler time. When you could whistle at a girl instead of having to tweet back at her to get her attention. A time when you could just “grip it and rip it”, a time when leather jackets and long hair defined the essence of style. There isn’t a lot of substance in these lyrics so its hard to read into this beyond just Mark looking back to the good days…
I didn’t think we’d see a player with an ego like BJ Ryan’s ever again in Toronto, but I appear to be wrong about that. Bonifacio’s Lo Viste Prospecto y Respects mentions Bonifacio many times. Without reading too far into this peculiar selection of music, I kinda picture North Korean performers writing music that features Kim Jung Un’s name and performing it for him. This also reminds me of Saudi Prince’s who get American celebrities to come party with them or perform for them at various birthdays… all in all not a very subtle choice for walk up music. One thing to be sure though, If there is an ego to be had with Bonifacio, it certainly isn’t earned.
This is actually a pretty catchy little tune here. And I’ve sat near white trash before at Jays gams that have become noticeably irritated with the Latin Jazz influence of this one so anytime white trash from St Catherine’s is pissed off by inadvertently experiencing multiculturalism: Double Bonus! This is just straight from his roots and this song is obviously working for Jose! Although to be fair last year it was Good Feelin by Flo Rida. And we all know how much of a good feeling he had in his wrist by the end of last season…
Jose Reyes: Started from the Bottom: Drake
“Started from the bottom, now the whole team fuckin’ here”
Its hard to imagine a more perfect song for Jose Reyes. Its too bad that he’s been injured because it would be great to hear this more! This is the ideal song and lyrics for a kid who grew up on a banana farm on a dirt road in the Dominican. Albeit, he never went hungry like many of his countrymen, however there is no denying that Jose Reyes “Started from the Bottom” and now his whole team (of Dominicanos) are here playing with him in Toronto. That, plus the video for this song is pretty hilarious and is mostly shot in a Shoppers Drug Mart. #optimumpoints
Maicer Izturis: De Mi Enamorate: Tito Nieves
Tito Nieves is a Puerto Rican salsa singer who covers this famous Mexican love ballad. Its good to see Maicer bringing some Puerto Rican pride to this team where it seems the Dominicans run the show. Having a Mexican love ballad as your walk up song can’t hurt with the latina ladies in the west end salsa clubs either.
Brett Lawrie: Save the World: Swedish House Mafia
Brett hopes to answer this rhetorical gem with the swing of his hometown-favorite-British Columbia-softwood lumber bat. Which has yet to really pan out to in fact “Save the World” or this team. However, the conditions are certainly right for someone to save this team with the jays dropping the 4 of their last 5 games.
The “other” Dixie Crystal
I can imagine the clubhouse of the Sugarland Skeeters literally fighting over this one for a walk up song. This not so subtle, southern pride, borderline racist ditty will have you re-thinking Colby Rasmus even more than you already are. Its fitting that for a boy from the midwest, from one of those “flyover” states that he would have a song that leads off with “Redneck, Redneck, Redneck.” To be sure though, no balls are going to Fly-Over Colby! Seriously though… I can’t imagine what Colby thinks of our liberal Canuckistan if this is what he’s gettin’ down to before at bats.