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Phillies Don’t Dig Nats’ Music, Promise Payback

rondstadtThe U.S. military bombarded Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega with heavy metal music to force him from his compound and surrender in 1989. Britney Spears’ music has blared from merchant ships to scare away pirates off the horn of Africa.

The Nationals have chosen “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Rondstadt and James Ingram to annoy their enemies.

They have been playing pop ballads and other soft and sappy music during opposing teams’ batting practices this season. There is no shortage of schmaltzy music, so the playlist has varied every day. But the past couple days the Phillies have been fortunate (or unfortunate) to hear Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind,” Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight,” Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me,” Dan Hill’s “Can’t We Try,” and Spandau Ballet’s “True.”

“We’ll take care of that,” Ryne Sandberg said before today’s game against the Nationals at Nationals Park. “We’re going with the silent treatment at our place.

“It’s bush league. And irrelevant. What’s the point?”

Some of the Phillies are amused at the sappy tunes. Some could not care less. Others want mercy.

“I don’t think there’s any malice behind it,” Justin De Fratus said. “I think it’s funny. They played that Feivel Goes West song yesterday. If anything it’s a change of pace from some of the stuff we hear every day. I’ve got to sit there and listen to Drake every day. And it’s not about Drake. It’s every day I’m hearing top 40.”

“I mean, come on,” Jeff Francoeur said. “If you did it one time it’s funny. But we come here so many times.”

The Phillies actually had a bigger beef than the music. They feel they get on the field for batting practice late at Nationals Park compared to other ballparks, giving them less time to get ready between BP and first pitch. But according to the Phillies’ and Nationals’ respective media guides, batting practice starts only five minutes later for opposing teams at Nationals Park than at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s very inconvenient,” Sandberg said. “That will be another adjustment. That seed was planted about six weeks ago.”

Nevertheless, the yacht rock continues.

“I didn’t even notice it,” Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said with a hint of a smile. “But it’s nice soothing music they’ve got going on here. It’s nice for the fans at the ballpark before the game. Yeah, maybe get a beer, a pretzel, enjoy BP.”

Your Final 2014 Music Update

The season is winding down, so here’s one last look at the Phillies’ at-bat and warm-up music:

AT BAT

  • Cody Asche: Dat New New – Kid Cudi
  • Domonic Brown: The Boss – James Brown and In Da Wind – Trick Daddy
  • A.J. Burnett: Heaven Knows – Pretty Reckless and The Show – Doug E. Fresh
  • Marlon Byrd: Get Like Me – David Banner and Work – DJ Smoke f/Gangstarr
  • Maikel Franco: Me Da 3 Pito – El Alfa
  • Freddy Galvis: Poquito – Tego Calderon
  • Ryan Howard: 0 to 100 / The Catch Up – Drake, TKO – Justin Timberlake and Trumpets – Jason Derulo
  • Kyle Kendrick: The Outsiders – Eric Church
  • Wil Nieves: No Soy Yo – Tony Vega
  • Ben Revere: H.A.M. – Kanye West & Jay-Z
  • Jimmy Rollins: Good Kisser – Usher and No Flex Zone – Rae Sremmurd
  • Darin Ruf: Awake and Alive – Skillet
  • Cameron Rupp: Party Up – Chase Rice
  • Carlos Ruiz: Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
  • Grady Sizemore: m.A.A.d. City – Kendrick Lamar
  • Chase Utley: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

WARM UP

  • Mike Adams: Intro – DMX
  • David Buchanan: Agnus Dei / Worthy – Third Day
  • A.J. Burnett: The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
  • Cole Hamels: Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Kyle Kendrick: Your Love – The Outfield
  • Cliff Lee: Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
  • Jonathan Papelbon: Bout That Life – Meek Mill
  • Jerome Williams: Le Hana I Ka Makani – Kealii Reichel

Tune Update – June 29

Ryan HowardHere’s the latest music update. If you don’t see a player here it means he hasn’t chose at-bat or warmup music.

AT BAT:

  • Cody Asche: Dat New New – Kid Cudi
  • Reid Brignac: Drop Tha Top – Boss Hogg Outlawz
  • Domonic Brown: In Da Wind – Trick Daddy and Move That Dope – Future
  • A.J. Burnett: Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  • Marlon Byrd: Get Like Me – David Banner and Work – DJ Smoke f/Gangstarr
  • Tony Gwynn Jr.: Collard Greens – Schoolboy Q
  • Ryan Howard: Trumpets – Jason Derulo
  • Kyle Kendrick: The Outsiders – Eric Church
  • John Mayberry Jr.: Look Ahead – Future
  • Wil Nieves: No Soy Yo – Tony Vega
  • Ben Revere: Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  • Jimmy Rollins: Good Kisser – Usher and Wiggle – Jason Derulo
  • Carlos Ruiz: In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  • Chase Utley: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

WARMUPS:

  • Mike Adams: Intro – DMX
  • David Buchanan: Agnus Dei / Worthy – Third Day
  • A.J. Burnett: The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
  • Cole Hamels: Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Kyle Kendrick:A Country Boy Can Survive – Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Cliff Lee: Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
  • Jonathan Papelbon: Bout That Life – Meek Mill

Does Ryan Howard Listen to Nickelback?

nickelbackLast night a few girls at Turner Field held up a sign that claimed, “Ryan Howard listens to Nickelback.”

Scandalous!

We asked Howard after last night’s 5-2 victory over the Braves about these allegations.

“Damn, that’s outrageous,” he said. “I didn’t know that. Is it bad to listen to Nickelback?”

I mentioned the sign probably wasn’t meant as a compliment.

“I mean, I’m not afraid to say that I diversify my musical portfolio,” he said. “I didn’t know they could see or hear what … how do they know I listen to Nickelback? I listen to everything. I don’t know if there’s a specific song by Nickelback (I listen to).”

Brilliantly, the Braves’ organist (@bravesorganist) played some Nickleback before Howard’s at-bats late in the game. He had been playing the theme song to “The Office,” because a character on the show is named Ryan Howard.

Your Latest Music Update

Jimmy RollinsHere is the latest update on the Phillies’ at-bat and warmup tunes. Selections are through May 30.

If you do not see somebody listed it means they have not chosen a song:

AT BAT:

  • Cody Asche: Dat New New – Kid Cudi
  • Reid Brignac: Drop Tha Top – Boss Hogg Outlawz
  • Domonic Brown: In Da Wind – Trick Daddy and Move That Dope – Future
  • A.J. Burnett: Walking Dead Theme – Bear McCreary
  • Marlon Byrd: Get Like Me – David Banner and Work – DJ Smoke f/Gangstarr
  • Tony Gwynn Jr.: So Fresh So Clean – Outkast
  • Ryan Howard: They Don’t Love You No More – DJ Khaled
  • John Mayberry Jr.: Look Ahead – Future
  • Wil Nieves: No Soy Yo – Tony Vega
  • Ben Revere: Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  • Jimmy Rollins: Walk Thru – Rich Homie Quan
  • Darin Ruf: Awake and Alive – Skillet
  • Carlos Ruiz: In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  • Chase Utley: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

WARM UP

  • Mike Adams: Intro – DMX
  • David Buchanan: Agnus Dei / Worthy – Third Day
  • A.J. Burnett: Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  • Cole Hamels: Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Kyle Kendrick: The Outsiders – Eric Church
  • Cliff Lee: Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
  • Jonathan Papelbon: Bout That Life – Meek Mill

The Walking Dead (And Other Walk Up Music)

Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona DiamondbacksHere are a few music updates from my last post April 16. If you do not see a player listed, it means his tune has not changed since then or he has not chosen a tune.

Here we go:

AT BAT:

  • Domonic Brown: Move That Dope by Future and The Devil is a Lie by Rick Ross
  • A.J. Burnett: Walking Dead Theme by Bear McCreary
  • Tony Gwynn Jr.: Who Do You Love by YG
  • John Mayberry Jr.: Ambition by Wale
  • Wil Nieves: No Soy Yo by Tony Vega
  • Jayson Nix: No Leaf Clover by Metallica
  • Carlos Ruiz: In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins

PITCHING:

  • A.J. Burnett: Black Skinhead by Kanye West

Burnett is a big Walking Dead fan, thus the zombie face paint in Arizona on the last road trip and his choice of walk-up music when he hits. Chooch goes back in time to choose a tune he used when the Phillies were winning NL East titles.

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:

AT BAT:

  • 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

PITCHING

  • 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):

AT BAT:

WARM UP

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.

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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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  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
  • April 29: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • 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:

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