Music and Baseball

I love music. When I’m not listening to my MP3 player, I’m listening to CDs or the radio. In baseball these days, music is a big part of the ballpark experience. Songs are played during BP, in between innings, and before certain players bat. Here are a few songs that, to me, equal baseball when I hear them.

Let’s Get it Started-Black Eyed Peas

This song is usually played during a game when the home team gets a chance to score early in the game. It’s not necessarily early in the game, though. I was at a game where the Padres were behind and they played it with a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the 8th! It’s a really cool song, and I’ve got it on my MP3 player.

Let’s See How Far We’ve Come-Matchbox Twenty

This song is played during a video the Padres run that has highlights from years past. It’s a great song.

I’m Shipping Up to Boston-Dropkick Murphys

I don’t remember the first time I heard this song, but I think it was in the aftermath of the Red Sox’s World Series win in 2007. Jonathan Paplebon uses it a lot. It’s pretty cool.

Sweet Home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynyrd

This song is played before Jake Peavy’s starts, him being a native Alabamian. Accompanying the song is a video of Jake pitching, playing his guitar, fishing, you know, country-boy stuff. It’s pretty amazing.

Rock and Roll-Gary Glitter (?)

There is some version of this song that the Padres use after a win. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it always reminds me of the excitement of a win. There’s nothing like hearing it and celebrating after a win at Petco. It’s amazing.

Hell’s Bells-AC/DC

Nothing says San Diego baseball like Trevor Hoffman’s song, Hell’s Bells. Trevor Time is an incredible experience, and this song is a huge part of it. It starts out with the bells, and then into the music, and it’s amazing to watch and hear. Hell’s Bells is Trevor’s song in a Padres uniform. I don’t think he should be allowed to use it if he signs somewhere else, and I definitely don’t think any other player should be allowed take it. Not even Heath Bell.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Of course, we must not forget THE baseball song, Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This song has been around for a long time, and it means a lot to baseball fans. A tradition of the game is the 7th inning stretch and singing this song. I love screaming “PADRES!!!” over the opposing fans. It is so much fun. I love this song!

There are many other songs that I love to hear at the ballpark, like the strikeout song and the home run song, but I don’t know what they are called. These are some of my favorites, what are yours? What songs make you think of baseball when you hear them?   



  1. rockymountainway

    Over here in Rockies land “Rockstar” by Nickleback always tells you your at Coors. It took off in ’07 and for obvious reasons…we all just want to be big “Rock” stars. Take me out to the ballgame will never be surpassed. No matter minor or major league it still tells you that you are part of the great tradition of baseball.

  2. bostonredsoxgirl46

    I was surprised too about the Tex sweepstakes, but I’m standing by my original conviction: we don’t need him. Great posts about these baseball songs.
    “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” is the song that Papelbon Irish step danced to in his boxers. Now they play it every time he comes into a game.

  3. ohy22xd

    Music IS a big part of the ballpark experience. Without it, what’s the point of going to ballparks?? I even have at-bat musics of the friars in my ipod! I don’t know where I would be standing if I didn’t have music with me. & the 7th inning stretch song? i sing it all the time when i go to PETCO šŸ™‚

  4. The Iceman

    Although I’m Canadian, I still get goosebumps when I hear ‘God Bless America’ sung at a baseball game. Something about the patriotism, and how baseball brings everybody together. I also liked Julia’s comment about Sweet Caroline, by Neil Diamond. When I went to a game there I was amazed that about 95% of the fans got up and sang the song word for word…not that’s cool!!

  5. happyyoungster

    Great topic!!

    Not a huge fan of rap…but…I like hearing “Go Getta” by Young Jeezy.
    Only because it’s Ryan Braun’s batting song. When I hear that song I’m like one of Pavlov’s salivating dogs. I know a home run or something good’s about to happen!

    I also used to like hearing former Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow’s entrance song “Fuel” by Metallica.
    It meant the stopper was coming in to lock down the game (ala Trevor Hoffman’s “Hells Bells”).
    Boy, how times have changed…eh?

  6. districtboy

    Music IS a big part of attending a ballgame. The electronica beginning of Usher’s “Love in This Club” plays whenever Elijah Dukes steps in to the box. Plus, the start of “Genesis” by Justice is very intimidating when the relievers exit the ‘pen. Gives you shills.


  7. welikeroywelikeroy

    I thought it was only a Boston thing, but I heard ‘Sweet Caroline’ played at a Mets game I went to. The most intimidating song has to be hearing ‘Enter Sandman’ by Mettalica played when Mariano Rivera came out in New York. As a Jays fan, I’d hear the song and I’d know the game was over. Goodnight, even though I’m not a big Metalica fan.

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