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Kicking Out the Jams on Opening Day

After weeks and weeks of teasing ourselves, baseball is finally here.

Sure, technically, the season opened last night but today is Opening Day, a day when all things seem possible - predictions are perfect, records are clean, ERAs are low and hopes are high.

To start the season off right we here at the Baseball Insider have decided to each answer a question that has stymied many a baseball fan and started many an argument. A question that, while every major league player has answered at some point, remains open to interpretation and debate.

The question: What would be your music as you came up to the plate and when you came out of the bullpen to close out a game?

To be fair, we ruled out both Enter Sandman and Hell's Bells as they are both already being used quite nicely.

For fun we've even thrown in some songs to avoid at all costs (mostly due to unfortunate titles or poor sentiments), songs straight out of the Bad Idea Jeans department.

So follow the jump and enjoy the musical stylings of Dave Sheinin, Cameron Smith and myself, CJ Holley, complete with more YouTube links than you can shake a maple splinter at.

Dave Sheinin

For at-bat music I'm going with Rage Against the Machine - "People of the Sun" and they MUST keep it playing at least until the bass and drums kick in.

For closer entrance music I like "Ronnie and Neil" by the Drive-By Truckers. Three guitars in ass-kicking unison.

Bad Idea Jeans Department:

"Firestarter" by Prodigy
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club
"I Think I Lost It" by Lucinda Williams
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
"Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits
"I'm Goin' Down" by Bruce Springsteen
"Loser" by Beck
"Give It Away" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Oops I Did It Again" by Britney Spears

Cameron Smith

For at-bat music, I'm going to give you a Derek Jeter/David Wright duo (play the first one up until the seventh inning, then the second one): The Roots, "Don't Say Nuthin'" and MOP, "Ante-Up."

Also up for consideration:
"Linoleum" by NOFX
"Barry Bonds" Kanye West (feat. Lil Wayne)

As for closer music, I'm picking Swedish straight edge/hardcore band Refused. The song is called, as you might imagine "Rather be Dead". Obviously, it's all about the intro to the song. Great build up.

Also up for consideration:

"Fireman" by Lil Wayne
"Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse
"Curfew" by Alligator Gun

Bad Idea Jeans Department:

"Downfall" by Trust Company
"Poetic Tragedy" by The Used
"Honest Mistake" by The Bravery
"Great Escape" by Boys Like Girls

CJ Holley

For at-bat music I love "Swagger Like Us" by T.I., Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne with the hook coming from M.I.A.'s hit of last summer "Paper Planes."

Also up for consideration:
"Bullet the Blue Sky" by U2
"Public Service Announcement" by Jay Z
"Tick Tick Boom" by The Hives
"You Know Who" by T.I. (Somehow not available on YouTube)

For closer music I'd like to hear the down-tuned bass intro of Muse's Hysteria play as the bullpen door swings open.

Also up for consideration:
"McFearless" by Kings of Leon
"Hyper Music" by Muse
"If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" by AC/DC

For the heck of it, here are two songs for the Orioles this year:

"Put On" by Young Jeezy since the Orioles have put "Baltimore" back on their road jerseys.
"A Decade Under the Influence" by Taking Back Sunday since it's been over a decade since the team's had a winning season.

Bad Idea Jeans Department:

"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
"Lit Up" by Buckcherry
"Gasoline" by Audioslave
"Beautiful Disaster" by 311
"Take the Money and Run" by The Steve Miller Band
Anything by The Chemical Brothers -- might want to stay above suspicion.

By CJ Holley  |  April 6, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
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As long as Julian Tavarez is with the Nats, his bullpen entry ditty should be "More Than A Woman" from "Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track". (Either version of the song -- Bee Gees or Tavares -- should suffice.)

Posted by: Ted_Striker | April 6, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The DBT choice is inspired! All of these were carefully thought out, unlike the idiots who didn't realize Chuck Brown was the clear choice for the HR song in this city last year.

Posted by: SchoenfeldsDonut | April 6, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The question: What would be your music as you came up to the plate and when you came out of the bullpen to close out a game?

At bat:
"So Cold" by Breaking Benjamin. The first part of the song after the interlude is heavy and killer! Good fastball crushing music!

It's a toss up between "You've got another thing coming" by Judas Priest and "harvester of sorrow" by Metallica.

Smith says "downfall" by Trust Company would be a bad idea? Huh? That song is bad a**.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | April 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mayday3 | April 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

At Bat: Walk, Don't Run by the Ventures
Closer Entrance:It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan

Posted by: angusgoodson | April 6, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

At Bat: Let's Go by Pharaoah Monche

Closer's Song: 'Til I Collaspe by Eminem

Posted by: compucat | April 6, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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