Katy Perry’s “Roar” came on the radio as I drove to my crossfit class the other day. It took me back to last season when I’d hear it at almost every game, one of many songs that make up the Red Sox music line up. With two more weeks to go before the 2016 home opener, it’ll only be a matter of time before I hear “Roar” more often. Whether it’s the music the DJ’s play for the fans, or the walk up music the players choose, it’s easy to say that Red Sox music only adds to the Fenway Park experience.
For years baseball players have been choosing walk up music designed to motivate and excite them for their next at-bat. It might have started with. St. Louis Cardinals’ Lou Brock, who requested that the stadium’s organist play the theme from Shaft when he strolled up to the plate. Others might point to the classic baseball movie Major League when Charlie Sheen’s character Ricky Vaughn walked to the mound to the tune of “Wild Thing” at the point when walk up songs became popular. But if there’s one thing that’s for certain it’s that Red Sox music has always been interesting and fun. There’s no reason to believe 2016 will be any different.
Red Sox Music: Fans Love That Dirty Water!
Experts have long pointed to music as a prime source of motivation and positive
reinforcement, especially for athletes. When an athlete is in his or her flow at the gym, on the track, or walking up to the batters box, their choice in music allows them to visualize the success they want to achieve. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see people with headphones on at the gym, especially if they’re in the middle of a vigorous workout. For the Red Sox, many of its players choose 15 second clips from songs they have a personal connection to. Xander Bogaerts considered “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX because his first name starts with an X. Brock Holt tends to choose country music, probably because he’s from Texas. Before he left for Kansas City, Johnny Gomes picked “The Boys Are Back” by Dropkick Murphys because he felt it represented what he and the Red Sox worked to accomplish in 2013 when they won the World Series. Out of all the major league stadiums I’ve visited, Red Sox music is among the best.
Regardless of what kind of Red Sox music we hear this season, Red Sox Nation can continue to count on hearing classics like “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond in the 8th. We’ll also hear “Shipping Up to Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys (but only if we’re down going into the 9th). But let’s hope that whatever songs the Red Sox line up picks as their walk up songs this season, it’ll lead to the fans hearing “Dirty Water” by The Standells when the ballgame is over.