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Cinco Ocho Goes Nature Boy In Ninth

Jonathan Papelbon recently changed his intro music from Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” to Meek Mill’s “Bout That Life.”

“Like that?” he said yesterday.

The opening to the song is interesting because the first 30 seconds are a speech from professional wrestler Ric Flair. Papelbon grew up a wrestling fan.

“I think everybody did, right?” he said.

Personally, I always loved Rowdy Roddy Piper and Piper’s Pit, but nevertheless … Papelbon said he and former Red Sox teammate Dustin Pedroia met Flair in Boston. Flair gave them one of his pink robes and a championship belt.

“I’ve been a Ric Flair guy,” Papelbon said. “The belt, Pedroia stole. I tried to get the belt back from him, but he won’t, so I’m getting his WWE Big Gold champion belt. It’s coming in. The real deal one. No (fake) one. Big Gold Belt.”

And the tune?

“I heard it in Spring Training,” he said. “Once I heard it I knew it was it. I really don’t care what comes up after it, either. I just like the beginning. It gets me going. That’s all that matters.”

If you’re interested, here is the latest music list for the Phillies:


  • Cody Asche: Dat New New by Kid Cudi
  • Domonic Brown: The Devil Is A Lie by Rick Ross and Sexual Eruption by Snoop Dogg
  • Marlon Byrd: Get Like Me by David Banner and Work by DJ Smoke f/Gangstarr
  • Freddy Galvis: Poquito by Tego Calderon
  • Ryan Howard: Throwback by B.o.B f/Chris Brown
  • John Mayberry Jr: 100 Black Coffins by Rick Ross
  • Ben Revere: Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Jimmy Rollins: 23 by Mike WiLL Made It and Trophies by Young Money
  • Carlos Ruiz: Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony
  • Chase Utley: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin


  • Mike Adams: Intro by DMX
  • A.J. Burnett: The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson
  • Cole Hamels: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
  • Kyle Kendrick: Kick It In The Sticks by Brantley Gilbert
  • Cliff Lee: Stranglehold by Ted Nugent
  • Jonathan Papelbon: Bout That Life by Meek Mill
  • Jonathan Pettibone: Get Lucky by Daft Punk

This is through April 8. If a player or pitcher isn’t listed it’s because they haven’t selected a song.

Everybody Loves Music! (A Break From The 1-3 Start)

Jeremy HorstThe Phillies lost in an awful way yesterday in their homer opener.

A few thoughts: These first four games have been mostly ugly and it is not encouraging at all when compared to the Nationals and Braves. (I predicted this team to finish third in the NL East, but still challenge for a wild card. My third-place prediction looks good, but the Phillies aren’t making me look real good about their chances to win 87-91 games.) That said, it’s just four games. The Phillies have had poor starts in the past. The only difference this time is this team is coming off a down year, not a World Series championship or 102-win season. It’s not like you can say, “They’re fine. They won 100 games last year.” They’re coming off an 81-81 finish.

But take a deep breathe. I read wide-ranging tweets yesterday, everything from releasing or demoting Jeremy Horst (1.15 ERA in 32 appearances last season with left-handers hitting .170 against him) to releasing Chad Durbin (historically a slow starter, his career ERA in April is 1.75 earned runs higher than his career ERA from May through September) to fans drawing concrete conclusions about the offense, bullpen and rotation after just four games.

Let’s reserve judgment a little further down the road.

You know, like next week …

In the meantime, I know many fans enjoy this, but here’s the current Phillies’ at-bat/warm-up music as of today (courtesy of Phillies music director Mark Wyatt):



The Hottest Hitter Is …

The Phillies had opportunities to score last night, but couldn’t come through in a 5-2 loss to the Mets.

The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in four of their seven games.

You can make the argument right now that Freddy Galvis is the team’s hottest hitter. Since he started his career 0-for-12, he is hitting .416 (5-for-12) with two doubles, one home run and five RBIs. Hunter Pence is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs in his last five games. Jimmy Rollins is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with one double and one RBI. Galvis has more RBIs than Pence and more extra-base hits than Rollins.

The Phillies’ 2.86 runs per game average is 28th in baseball. Their 13 extra-base hits are 29th. Their .633 OPS is 24th.


Jonathan Papelbon said he is going to choose a different song every time he enters the game at Citizens Bank Park. He entered to Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box” in a non-save situation Monday. He entered to Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” in a save situation Thursday. Papelbon is trending toward scarier and scarier music. Hide your children!

Galvis, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton still have not requested any walk-up music, but a couple players already have changed their tunes. John Mayberry Jr. chose “Cashin’ Out” by Cash Out. Laynce Nix dropped Avicii for “Gotta Have It” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. Brian Schneider has “Bangarang” by Skrillex and “Knock Knock” by Mac Miller.

I’m entering the press box these days to Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” It’s the hardest rocking song any of the beat writers have chosen.


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  • May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Good Times Bad Times: 2012 Edition

Lots of talk about the Phillies offense lately, so let’s change it up.

Let’s talk music.

You know my unhealthy interest in the players’ walkup/warmup music. I got the latest list from Phillies music director Mark Wyatt.

Here it is:


Cinco Ocho’s Intro Music? It’s A Secret

Greetings from Clearwater.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know I have an unhealthy obsession with players’ intro music. And no intro music is bigger than a closer’s intro music. So after Jonathan Papelbon‘s news conference ended this afternoon and after he finished a couple TV interviews, I asked him if he had chosen his song. Papelbon had the Dropkick Murphys I’m Shipping Up to Boston while he closed for the Red Sox, but that won’t work in Philadelphia for obvious reasons.


“I’ve got one,” he said.


“I cannot share it,” he said. “That stuff is top secret, man.”

Papelbon said it’s a hard rock song, one he planned to use in Boston before he got asked to use I’m Shipping Up to Boston.

“That’s about as much as I can give you,” he said.

He said it’s not Philly related like I’m Shipping Up to Boston is Boston related. But then there really aren’t any popular Philly-type songs like that, are there? The Rocky theme song is played so much it just wouldn’t work. I mentioned Eye of the Tiger, which is kind of Philly related, and Papelbon said, “I feel like that might be a little bit too corny.”

So I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

For Your Listening Pleasure

I haven’t written about the Phillies’ at-bat and warm-up music since April 4, so it’s time for an update. And now is the perfect time to write it during a rain delay. I’m only listing the players that have made changes since the season opener. If you don’t see a player here, click the link above to find out their music.


  • Domonic Brown: Wake Up by Wiz Khalifa
  • Ryan Howard: Everybody Jones by Jim Jones; I’m On One by DJ Khaled
  • Raul Ibanez: Times Like These by Foo Fighters
  • Jimmy Rollins: Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green; Forget You by Cee Lo Green; The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
  • Carlos Ruiz: In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  • Dane Sardinha: Warriors by Ky-Mani
  • Shane Victorino: Man Down by Rihanna
  • Vance Worley: It’s Goin’ Down Tonight by Celly Cell


  • Kyle Kendrick: Been Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction
  • Roy Oswalt: Backwoods by Justin Moore
  • J.C. Romero: Ringtone by Canton Jones
  • Vance Worley: Alors on Danse by Stromae

Thanks to Mark Wyatt for passing these along!


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Contreras’ Closer Music

Jose Contreras will hear Jay-Z‘s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” when he enters games in save situations at Citizens Bank Park. He chose the song earlier this week. He heard some KC & the Sunshine Band last Friday.

This is much better.


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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):



Lidge Changes His Tune


Lost in the roar of the crowd Wednesday when the Phillies clinched the National League East is that Brad Lidge changed his intro music. He has dropped Drowning Pool’s Soldiers for Linkin Park’s No More Sorrow. Lidge said it is a song he has like for some time, but Jayson Werth asked him recently why no closer enters the game to it?

“You know what?” said Lidge, who threw a perfect ninth inning today in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins. “It’s probably time for a change. So I’ve got a new song and I had a good outing, so we’ll see.”

Hey, maybe it helps.

Charlie Manuel indicated before the game that he is considering Ryan Madson and Lidge as his ninth-inning guys in the postseason, but it sure sounds like he is leaning toward Lidge.

“I’ve heard people talk,” Manuel said. “I’ve heard people say instead of using Brad use somebody else. But who else out there would you want on the mound if you were going to win or lose a game? Who would you want? Take your pick. I always get back to Lidge. I’ve got Madson and Lidge in there. Madson probably would be the guy I would go to today to win the game. But there’s going to come a point where Lidge is going to have to pitch and do the job.”

Said Lidge about the bullpen: “I think we’re going to be lining up pretty good. We have a lot of options. Guys have been throwing good in a lot of different situations. Today was probably the best command I’ve had all year. Hopefully I can get out there and peak at the right time. I think we’re looking good. I think we’re going to be underrated to be honest.”


“We have a lot of experience,” Lidge said. “How we’ve pitched this season, we’ve blown a lot of saves collectively. I haven’t done a great job obviously. Once we get to the postseason I think we’re going to fall in line and do what we do. And when that happens I like our bullpen as much as anybody.”


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Random Stuff

I’m into intro music. I’m not sure why, but I tend to notice when the Phillies change their intro music, etc. So I noticed Wednesday that the Phillies did not play Brad Lidge‘s intro music until after he left the bullpen, ran to the mound, got the ball from Charlie Manuel and started his warm ups.

Then – finally – we heard Drowning Pool’s Soldiers.

Before that? The Phillies had a bobblehead race on Phanavision, which featured some carnival-like music. Huh?

Lidge noticed, too.

“I was coming in to some circus music,” Lidge said. “That’s about right.”


Ryan Howard got a few “Watch Out, Bro” t-shirts yesterday. Watch Out, Bro?

Here is an explanation.

Here are the t-shirts.


Gary Matthews‘ hat collection is available at the Majestic Clubhouse Store, but I told him yesterday that I could not pull off the Sarge hat look. I just don’t think I have the cool factor to do it. Sarge assured me that I did, which I thought was nice of him to say.

But then I remembered he’s trying to sell hats. Why I oughta (shaking my fist in the air) …


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