When you really stop and think about it, music and baseball really do seem to go together as well as any other American combination. Hot dogs and beer. Ramen noodles and college students. Mentos and diet coke. Lobster and butter. Certain things just flow together. Every ballpark across the land has their own unique selection of music that they play to entertain the masses. Because let’s be honest here, baseball has a lot of lull periods that would bore most folks. That’s why you need to have Slugger jumping up on the dugout performing the Y-M-C-A or play “Put me in Coach” blasting before every game.
As you may or may not know, our own Portland Sea Dogs are the AA affiliate for the Boston Red Sox. Which means that many of the players you see today in Portland will one day go on to play for the Red Sox. Lucky for us, the Sea Dogs have adopted many of the musical traditions of historic Fenway Park. For example: in the middle of the 8th inning, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” is played and everytime the Red Sox/ Sea Dogs win, the first two songs out of the loudspeaker are “Dirty Water” by the Standells and “Tessie” by Dropkick Murphys. Fact.
On top of this, every player gets to choose their own introduction music when they are making their way to the plate or to the mound. Here is a quick rundown of some selections by some of your Portland Sea Dogs:
Pitchers form the bullpen: Party Rock, LMFAO
Derrick Gibson, Shortstop: Take Care, Drake
Will Latimer, Pitcher: Monster, Paramore.
Matt Spring, Catcher: My Time is Now, John Cena.
Chris Martin, Pitcher: depends on how the last game went.
You may want to also check out this new baseball beat I just heard. For all we know this could be the next great traditional song at the ball park:
Listen to this ill beat here