Last night, as you all know, the Yankees decided as a tribute to the city of Boston they would play "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond after the third inning of the game. This decision was met with various reactions.
Some people were horrified because they feel the song and its lyrics, which we've come to find out in recent years was written about a young Caroline Kennedy, seem a tad creepy. Others thought it was nice of the Yankees to do that sort of thing for their bitter rivals - I was one of those people. And then there were others who were angry that the Yankees would ever dare to play that song in their Stadium, thus, completely missing the point of why the Yankees did it in the first place.
Some people argued that "Dirty Water" by Dropkick Murphys would have been a better choice or maybe even "Shipping Up To Boston," also by Dropkick Murphys. I don't disagree with those people but I think the Yankees more than likely chose "Sweet Caroline" because it's more recognizable outside of Boston than the previous two songs.
"Sweet Caroline" was played in a lot of different ballparks last night in tribute to Boston and the only team I know of that strayed from it were the Milwaukee Brewers who opted to go with the Cheers theme instead. Brewers, beer, Cheers, Norm! Perfect.
Also, during last night's game, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, was tweeting out the walk up songs of the Yankees as they came on. I found this to be a big help because when I went to Sunday night's game, I had no idea what half the songs were - this included the walk up music and anything they played between innings. I've become one of those old people who refuses to listen to popular radio or even try to discover "new" artists. It's kind of sad because I love music but I find so much of what's out today to be torture on my eardrums.
That's not to say that I don't listen to any modern music. In fact, I spent nearly the entire month of March listening to Justin Timberlake's new album on a loop.
Anyway, Hoch compiled that list for you:
Brett Gardner – “Guitar Slinger” by Crossin Dixon Robinson Cano – “Started from the Bottom” by Drake Kevin Youkilis – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy Travis Hafner – “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth Vernon Wells – “Awesome God” by R. Swift Ichiro Suzuki – “Drop it Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Francisco Cervelli – “Pegaito Suavecito” by “Various Artists” Lyle Overbay – (has not yet selected a song) Jayson Nix – “No-Leaf Clover” by Metallica Brennan Boesch – “Blueprint” by Jay-Z* Chris Stewart – “Forsaken” by Skillet Ben Francisco – “Da Rockwilder” by Method Man & Redman Eduardo Nunez – “Ella Ta To” by Chimbala
Way back in the 1990's, when I first purchased my season tickets and I would go to games with my girlfriends, I like picking their brains and asking them what song they'd choose for their walk up or warm up music because I didn't actually assume they'd always want to be hitters. In fact, a few did choose to be pitchers so their choices were slightly different because you'd get to hear more of the song. With walk up music, you hear at best 15-30 seconds.
Some would answer me right away, others would have to think about it for awhile. They mostly chose songs they grew up listening to and would rarely pick a "modern" song which I thought was pretty interesting. Back then, I did the same thing. I always wanted to walk up to the opening notes of "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran. They're my favorite band of all time and I just thought it would be cool to sauntering out to that tune.
Now, nearly 15 years later, in 2013, I still want to come out to that song.
So my question to you is what would you choose and why? You can leave your answers in the comments.
*One note, isn't Blueprint the name of a Jay-Z album not a song?