Kanye West and Jay-Z Dominate Batter Intro Songs for Mets and Yankees
A baseball player's music as he walks to bat can say a lot about the player's personality. Among players on New York's professional baseball teams, Kanye West and Jay-Z are clear winners when it comes to intro music.
The Wall Street Journal examined the walk-up music used by players on New York's two franchises and found that the Jay-Z-Kanye collaboration 'Otis' is a favorite of both the Yankees' Derek Jeter and the Mets' Jose Reyes. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez prefers 'Welcome to the Jungle,' another track from the duo's 'Watch the Throne' album.
Reyes' song was suggested to him by teammate Willie Harris, who serves as the Mets' go-to guy for music recommendations. Harris said 'Otis' made sense for Reyes when he returned from injury: "He's been on the DL for a while and the song is about, 'I got my swagger back, I'm back.' It was the perfect song for him."
A majority of New York players choose hip-hop songs for their intro music, especially among the Yankees. Andruw Jones heads to the plate to the sounds of Ace Hood's 'Hustle Hard,' Robinson Cano goes with Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything,' and Eric Chavez takes it old-school with Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message.'
The genres are a bit more varied on the Mets' roster, with Lucas Duda and Ike Davis choosing classic rock with Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, respectively, while Jason Bay goes with Pearl Jam's 'Alive.'
No player on the Mets or Yankees uses music from a mainstream pop artist. For that, we have to go to Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Over the past few years, he has proudly used walk-up songs by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Now that's our kind of ballplayer!