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

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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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