Warm Up for the NLCS


The Phillies have not played since Sunday in Cincinnati. They will not play again until Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

It’s been a long time between games. Every angle has been covered. Every question has been asked. I mean, every question has been asked. Countless times. So I thought we’d take a break from the Halladay vs. Lincecum stuff — it’s turning into a monster truck commercial (One night only! Saturday Saturday! Saturday!) — and just listen to some music.

If you ever wondered what music the Phillies use when they walk up to the batter’s box or warm up before pitching, here they are (as of Oct. 5):



Notes: From what I know, Halladay did not pick his warmup music. He apparently couldn’t care less about such things, but I think Zeppelin works well. … Victorino briefly changed his walkup tune this season, but wisely went back to Bob Marley. Good call. It suits him. … Werth used to have Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” as his music. Still my favorite Werth tune. … Pat Burrell used to play Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.” He swears there were no hidden meanings, but I’m not sure. … Brett Myers had fans vote for his warmup music when he closed in 2007. They chose POD’s “Lights Out.” … Lidge had Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers” when he jogged to the mound to record the final three outs in the 2008 World Series. He changed tunes after struggling last season.


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Wow. Based on his picks, Ibanez probably knows the greatest hip hop tracks of the past 20+ years.

Thanks for the list of intro music. I have to say that I am familiar with only 7 of the Phils’ songs, but I have never been very into mainstream music. There’s sooooo much good tunage that never gets introduced to the masses. But I digress. The only music I want to hear is that crack of the bat by the Phil’s offense as everybody gets full extension on those thigh- to belt-high fastballs and hanging breaking balls. The only thing I ever hear when we swing at high cheese is the sound of the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt. OK, Raul, Chooch, and Shane seem to be able to handle pitches slightly above the belt, but when will Jimmy, Chase, Ryan and Jayson finally learn that they are low-fastball hitters? When will Howard and Werth realize that they are deadlier when they don’t try to pull the ball?

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stategems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night…

Thank you, Zo. Most interesting thing I’ve seen all week!

Hey, Zo….Can you use your pull, and tell them to pump up the volume. Half the time, you can’t hear any of the intro songs!

norma: I find that it depends on where I’m sitting as to whether or not I can hear Dan Baker and the blaring music. The ballpark, for all its charms, lacks something where the PA speakers are concerned.
When relief pitchers come in, the name is drowned out by the loud music, almost as though one doesn’t know that the other is going on. Fighting for attention.

I’m with Halladay in that I couldn’t care less about such things. If you need play-in music to get up for an at-bat, there’s a problem.

There is so much audio/visual stuff going on at ballparks now, I’m amazed that people still say they’re bored by baseball. It’s nearly impossible to find a quiet moment during a game.
Nice to see (from Howard’s Top 10 Letterman appearance) that the Phanatic was clipped and de-wormed for the series. Couldn’t care less about the mascots either.

I thought Nails (Dykstra) had the best walk-up music….Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones….

Walk up music is fun! I like to try to put the music with the player. Although it doesn’t mean a darn thing as far as the player is concerned it’s still part of the experience at the ballpark.

Thunderstruck for Cole Hamels rocks!! Great song for a young and exciting player! I always like Kashmir for Chase Utley, a classic performer.

For the phans: http://vimeo.com/15796596 Go Phils!!

I could have sworn that David Herndon came into the game with “Friends Give Friends a Hand” by the Fresh Beat Band. I am I wrong?

For hollywoodhamels and anyone else who (maybe) didn’t think I knew what I was talking about. The schedule for tomorrow’s festivities, from the Phils web site. First pitch, 7:57pm.:

6:00 p.m.
All gates open. Rally towels for all fans, compliments of AutoTrader.com and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.
7:25 p.m.
On-field Pre-game Ceremony begins.

7:28 p.m.
“America the Beautiful” performed by Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale.

7:33 p.m.
San Francisco Giants introduced.

7:37 p.m.
Philadelphia Phillies introduced.

7:44 p.m.
National Anthem sung by Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale.

7:48 p.m.
Ceremonial First Pitch: Phillies alumnus Garry Maddox.

7:57 p.m.
Phillies vs. Giants game begins.

PLAY BALL already!!!!

phan: You can say that twice. It’s worse than Super Bowl week. The Charlie/Ric Flair thing put me over the top.

Charlie Manuel is the ultimate manager who gets the most out of his talented players based on his consistency and loyalty. I strongly feel that Rollins remains the fiery leader of the team on the field and the clubhouse and has proven it over and over again which is why he should lead off. Forget about the hamstring–he has an off season to mend. lets go for it Phils with the lineup that you started the season.

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