Somewhat bizarrely, I had two different people e-mail me variations on the same question in recent days. From Reader Brian:
I have a beer-league softball tournament in two weeks and need help picking my intro music. What do you think the best intro song would be?
From Reader Laura:
My company softball team, the Pirates, is proposing to play a theme song for each person that comes up to bat and I have no idea what song I should pick for myself. I could go Heavy Metal but that's clichÃ©. Plus, I'm not really the heavy metal kind of girl. More like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers, Islands in the Stream. Anyway, I want a song that would earn me respect every time I come up to the plate.
The Pirates? And you want respect? Anyhow, Laura and Brian must not be regulars in the sporting blogland, because that very topic has been an explosive explosion just this very summer. Kissing Suzy Kolber, SportsByBrooks, Throwbot and With Leather have delved into this subject, in some cases inspired by this long-but-not-always accurate list of MLB batting music from Wikipedia. None of my research into the Nationals music appears to be reflected in the Wiki list.
Also, David Wright held a contest for fans to pick his music, and the Extrapolator picked songs for AL starting pitchers. Meanwhile, back in 2004, ESPN.com gathered up the batting music for every single player in the league, which doesn't really count as cool because bloggers are required to hate ESPN. But I will note that Tony Batista, who told me he's never had batting music, is listed with Ludacris's "Stand Up." In recent years Boston.com offered audio links for Red Sox songs, while a Cardinals message board has a running thread updating Cardinal music.
There's a lot of places to turn to for advice. Still, I'll offer four recommendations.
1) AC/DC's "Big Balls." To distinguish yourself as a softball player and not a baseball player. Plus AC/DC seems to be popular in this genre.
2) Russian National Anthem. I've always considered it a frightfully intimidating piece of music.
3) Theme music to All Things Considered. That, plus the soothing voices of Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will lull your opponents into a soothing state of studied indifference. I prefer the 1976 version.
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