I love walk-up songs. As much as I’d like baseball games to be mostly silent except for the fans’ own noise creations (think like a soccer game, where the fans supply all the cheers, with no jumbtron instructing you to clap or shout), I would be bummed out if the walk-up songs disappeared. It’s like the soundtrack to a movie – like the only decent scenes in “Baby Driver,” when the music hit just right and the action flowed along with it. Don’t tell me you don’t get excited when you hear your slugger’s music late in the game with the score close.
But where did the walk-up song actually come from? Turns out, it’s thanks to one intrepid organist, the advent of CD players, and a completely viral movement across the league. Here’s my piece I wrote on the history of the walk-up song.
It was also an unofficial week of music at Cut4. I ranked every team’s victory song. Two teams don’t have them. Hopefully that will change by next year.
Chris Landers also talked to some players about their most important job: Clubhouse DJ.
Finally, I contributed a post to Eric Bynum’s charity blogathon. How you ask? By writing a series of fake romance novels and asking you to figure out which ones were real or not.
Anyway, here are a few more things I didn’t write, but which I think are worth your time:
Baseball Prospectus is doing some really great work right now. That includes their brand new Women’s World Cup stats page.
Patrick Dubuque is one of my favorite baseball writers ever. He is funny. He is introspective. He is thoughtful. And he writes like no one else. Unfortunately, he decided to get out of the game. Read one of his final posts here.
Jim Bouton sadly passed away recently. A great writer, pitcher, thinker, humorist … the game would be completely different without Bouton. Jay Jaffe wrote about him here.
Anyway, that should be all. Sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’ll try not to let that happen. After all, I want my disappearance to lead to a international conspiracy, not simply a poor management of my time.