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Baseball Basslines: Longhorns Share Stories Behind Their Walk-Up Songs

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
As college baseball season returns, so do the sounds of spring. However, we learned that as much work as players put into this (sound of hitting), they spend almost as much time on these (music playing).

A walk-up or walk-out song is a carefully selected tune played when a batter comes to the plate or a pitcher heads to the mound. Scouting reports are not just for your opponent.

"We spend countless hours, honestly," admitted Texas starting pitcher Parker French.

Nathan Thornhill echoed those sentiments. "You 'Shazam' a lot of songs wherever you are."

This weekend, nearly every Longhorn will debut their new jam. French, UT's Friday night starter, is going with a remix of his song from last season, Levels by Avicii.

"I wanted to add a little bit more bass, a little bit more bang," said French.

Outfielder Taylor Stell is going old school, using Aerosmith's Dream On.

"It's partly getting you motivated, partly getting you loose and ready to go," Stell told KEYE TV sports.

But it's safe to say, few walk-up songs will get a reaction like outfielder Collin Shaw's, who picked Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus.

"It makes you smile when you're walking up to the plate," admitted Shaw. "It keeps you loose and that's kind of what the walk-up song is about."

Outfielder Mark Payton has his doubts. "If that's what does it for him, that's what does it for him," said Payton. "But we'll be laughing in the dugout when he walks up there to it."

Augie Garrido has forgotten more about baseball than most of us will ever know. His advice to players on picking a walk-up song: choose one that pushes your own buttons and not anyone else's.

"I want something that symbolizes something that motivates you, and not socially," said Garrido. "Or sensually, either."

"You know, we don't play the game for the girls," said Thornhill, who will start on the mound Saturday for Texas.

"I'm pretty selfish when it comes to walk-out songs, I'm thinking about myself," said French.

So what song would Augie choose as his walk-up? Thornhill suspected it would be something from the movie Madagascar.

"I have a lot of things from Madagascar," said Garrido. "I like to Move It is one of my favorites."

As opening weekend arrives, rest assured that Texas has put in the necessary preparations to make its fans proud. And while every Longhorn will start this weekend without an average or an ERA on their box score - everyone is batting 1.000 with their new jams.
Baseball Basslines: Longhorns Share Stories Behind Their Walk-Up Songs


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Scores & Schedules

August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Chicago White Sox 7, Detroit 4

L.A. Angels 1, Baltimore 0, 13 innings

Seattle 6, Cleveland 5

Kansas City 6, Minnesota 3

Toronto 6, Houston 5

Friday's Games

Seattle (Elias 8-8) at Baltimore (W.Chen 11-3), 7:05 p.m.

Texas (Williams 2-4) at Cleveland (Salazar 3-4), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 8-3) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-1) at Boston (Ranaudo 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Darnell 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 10-1), 8:10 p.m.

Toronto (Happ 8-5) at Houston (McHugh 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Guthrie 6-9) at Oakland (Gray 12-3), 9:35 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado 1

St. Louis 6, San Diego 2

Philadelphia 10, Washington 4

Cincinnati 3, Miami 1

Arizona 7, Pittsburgh 4

L.A. Dodgers 2, Atlanta 1

Friday's Games

Philadelphia (R.Hernandez 5-8) at Washington (Fister 10-2), 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Latos 2-3) at Miami (Ja.Turner 4-6), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Vogelsong 5-8) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 5-6), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 12-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 13-5), 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Volquez 8-7) at Arizona (Nuno 0-2), 9:40 p.m.

Atlanta (Minor 4-6) at San Diego (Stults 3-13), 10:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 1-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 8-8), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Colorado (F.Morales 5-5) at Detroit (Verlander 9-9), 7:08 p.m.

WNBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 87, New York 74

Minnesota 75, Phoenix 67

Atlanta 85, Tulsa 75

Indiana 76, Seattle 67

Friday's Games

Connecticut at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday, Aug. 1

Philadelphia at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m.

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