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Mets Grrl is one of the annoying people who will unashamedly judge you based on what’s in your record collection (and what’s not). I will be checking our your iPod playlist or your cd collection before asking any other questions. (Before you say anything, how many of you don’t talk to certain people because of the sports teams they like [and don’t]? So don’t start.)t

So when I first started going to Mets games, I found the whole concept of walk-on music to be FASCINATING. If you have read some of my posts about games, you may have noticed how I pay more attention to this than, well, most sane people. And, this year, now that I understand enough to be able to pay attention to things peripheral to the on-field action, I really started getting into this… to the point where I now regularly update the Wikipedia article called Baseball Walk-on Music. (I am aware that there is currently discussion about discontinuing the page, but I rank the importance of engaging in that discussion right up there with sweeping the dust bunnies out from under the couch: I have 19 million better things to do with my time.)

At this point, keeping track of the at bat or intro music has become a full-scale obsession. I NEED TO KNOW what the Mets players are using. The extent of my obsession can be chronicled as follows:

  • I am dying to know what Beltran’s music is. He’s used it for the past two years, only ONE song, and the only word we can make out is “aqui”. We need a native Spanish speaker. Anyone?
    • During Merengue Night, there was a small child a few rows ahead of us who appeared to be singing the song. The sisters who sit next to us are also obsessed with this song, and I kept catching one of them checking this kid out every time Beltran was at bat. But it was too crowded to move down (he was in the middle of the row) and ask him. Plus, I think we hesitated because we feared we would be thought to be just slightly insane.
  • TBF sat next to some Hispanic senior citizen group the last time when Pedro pitched, and sent me a text message to tell me that they were all singing and clapping along. (My response: ‘GO ASK THEM WHAT IT’S CALLED!’)
  • I already have a running joke about Paul LoDuca’s Disco Hits of the 70’s (“Now available from K-tel on LP, cassette and 8-track,” I regularly joke in some fashion, every time #16 comes to the plate.)
  • I did way too much research on Rick Ross to try to figure out Cliff Floyd’s motivation in using that song, before he changed it. (I also note that Mr. Mike Cameron is using the same tune.)
  • The last time the Phillies were at Shea, and Diamondvision read “WELCOME TO THE CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS” I kept kicking myself for not having a camera (due to the U2 reference).
  • I want to know why Heilman uses “London Calling,” bringing a little piece of my beloved Joe Strummer into Shea every time I hear it. (I saw the Clash at Shea, too, opening for the Who all those years ago.)
  • I want to know why Tom Glavine – Tom GLAVINE – uses a Guns N’ Roses song. I suspect (to my eternal disappointment) that it’s because of his kids and the title of the song, rather than some fascinating past as a heavy metal fan.
  • One of my biggest regrets as a Mets fan is that I wasn’t a fan early enough to have seen Al Leiter start at Shea. (TBF and I are obnoxiously obsessive Springsteen fans.)
  • When I went to Citizens Bank Park, TBF got a text message in the middle of the game – not to update him on the score, or the Mets, but to inform him that David Bell of the Phillies (and formerly the Mariners) really DID use Pearl Jam as his walk-on music (“..and not something old and tired from ‘Ten,’ it was the new stuff!”)

I could go on, but I am boring even the cat right now.

I took my friend Kate to a game earlier this year. Kate is all about intros; she’s a musician, with her own band, and had never been to a professional baseball game before. She, too, was fascinated by the music, and we spent the game discussing what we would use as our walk on song if we were baseball players. My choice was “Even Better Than The Real Thing” by U2 or “Jumping Jack Flash” by the Stones.

What would you use?

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