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TGP’s Walk Up Music

If the masthead were a baseball team, this is how it would sound when we stepped up to the plate.

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Last week, the Phillies took on the Mets in New York, giving us our first opportunity of the season to reacquaint ourselves with Citi Field and its unwashed masses.

It also gave us an opportunity to experience Yoenis Cespedes’ new walk up music, “The Circle of Life,” which is infuriatingly delightful (much like Cespedes himself). This prompted some discussion in the chat, and the question was posed: What is TGP’s walk-up music?

Well, here are some responses from the Masthead.

LTG8: “Boys Don’t Cry” - The Cure

Love that crunchy chord hook, and the facetiousness.

David S. Cohen: “South Philly” - Cayetana

If I'm playing baseball in South Philadelphia, it would have to be this song by my favorite Philly band (and one of my favorite bands anywhere), Cayetana. They are based in South Philly and the song is called South Philly, so what better way to step into the batter's box in South Philly?

Jay Polinsky: (the first 15-20 seconds of) “Around the World” - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The song is actually bad, but the beginning instrumentals are fun! And much like the RHCP, I'm well past my prime and good in very small doses.

Phrozen: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” - Iron Maiden

Because I come from the land of the snow and ice.

Justin Klugh: “Bling Bling” - Junglepussy

I heard it in the trailer for The Little Hours and I can't get it out of my head, help.

T.G.K: “Came Out Swinging” - The Wonder Years

I decided that I had to go with a local band for this, and this song is an absolute gift: Coming out, swinging, and being in South Philly are all pretty on the nose. Also, stale beer & sweat is probably the vibe I’d have if I were a Phillie.

Paul Boyé: “The Sweat Descends” - Les Savy Fav

Beats out Radiohead's "Airbag" by thiiiiiis much, mostly because I like the way those single notes punch the air before everything else comes in and kicks it into another gear. Works both for walk-up AND pitcher entrance music.

Wet Luzinski: “Adrenaline!” - The Roots

Locally sourced hip hop, compelling hook.

Ethan Witte: “Flight of the Valkyries” - Wagner

There is so much hip-hop and country music prevalent in walk-up themes that I'd like to bring a taste of culture to the huddled masses. Nothing stirs the heart or sets a mood quite like a familiar piece of classical music (let's just leave Wagner's philosophies on race out of it, ok?).

Ryne Horde: “Promentory” - Trevor Jones, The Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack

Have you heard it? Listen to it. It's foreboding and deep and totally bad ass! T'would also be my walk up music were I an UFC fighter or boxer.

John Stolnis: “Angry Johnny” - Poe

Obviously, I'm very angry and always filled with rage.

Liz Roscher: “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” - War

If I was going on pure hype up, I’d choose something like the Game of Thrones theme. But for me, it’s all about the troll factor. This is the strongest troll song there is.

If you don’t recognize some (or most) of these songs, don’t worry! For your listening pleasure, I’ve set up a Spotify Playlist of them all for you.

What about all of you? What would your Walk Up Music be?