By Peter Schrager
Special to Page 3

A couple of us at Page 3 have spent the summer compiling at-bat music from all 30 major-league teams. Like watching an episode of "The Ashlee Simpson Show," it was a difficult process. But, P3 would like to thank the music people from all the clubs for helping us get this done.

SPORTS & MUSIC

Page 3 will examine the connection between sports and music all summer long. Also, catch SportsCenter's music series all this week at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

  • MLB oldsters at-bat songs
  • The intersection of sports & music
  • Peter Gammons' musical bend
  • Bands who are fans
  • 10 best/worst stadium songs
  • Jocks vs. rockers: Who's got it better?
  • Singing at Wrigley no stretch
  • Sports' greatest hits and misses
  • Athletes who'll make your ears bleed
  • 10 BQs with Lloyd Banks
  • Bon Jovi rocks a new arena


    Coming up:
  • At-bat songs for all 30 MLB teams
  • The hip-hop and hoop connection
  • The anecdotes behind each player's song selections are really worth sifting through. Among my personal favorites:

    New York Mets outfielder Eric Valent had never heard of Billy Joel before this season, yet he comes out to a rotation of the greatest hits from the Piano Man. Why? Because an intern with the Mets thought Valent looked like the singer.

    Brett Myers of the Philadelphia Phillies is obsessed with ZZ Top. Manny Ramirez comes out to four different songs per game. Two players, Rob Mackowiak and Derek Lowe, actually choose to come out to the cheesy, late '90s techno hit "Sandstorm" by Darude. This stuff fascinates me.

    There were some interesting song selections (see below) as well as some glaring omissions on the list. Not one player comes out to the ultra-inspiring "Eye Of The Tiger"; too many players mistake Creed songs as "fan favorites"; and Huey Lewis and The News are nowhere to be found in any this.

    Before intramural flag football games in college, I used to pump Rod Stewart's "Young Hearts Beat Free Tonight" to get me riled up. Apparently, the song doesn't have the same effect on major-leaguers ... no one uses it for his entrance music.

    Since there is quite a bit of information to digest from all 30 teams, here's an easy-to-follow summary of the data. Next time you are at the ballpark, you can impress your friends by doing two things:

  • Buy them the first round of $7 beers.
  • Tell them a little bit about the songs each player selected and why.

    "Total Requests Live"
    Most Requested Song: "Yeah!" by Usher
    Most Requested Solo Artist: Usher
    Most Requested Band: Metallica

    Most Superstitious Players and Their Music
  • Roger Clemens, Houston Astros: "Faint" by Linkin Park
  • Jason Phillips, New York Mets: "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions
  • Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox: "Kryptonite" by Three Doors Down
  • David Eckstein, Anaheim Angels: "Busy Child" by The Chemical Brothers

    Silence is Golden: No music
  • Nomar Garciaparra, Chicago Cubs (Info from Red Sox)
  • Brad Fullmer, Texas Rangers
  • Jose Molina, Anaheim Angels
  • Adrian Beltre, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Hank Blalock, Texas Rangers
  • Garret Anderson, Anaheim Angels
  • Bernie Williams, New York Yankees

    Southern Pride
  • Kevin Millwood, Phillies: "Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Matthew LeCroy, Twins: "The South's Gonna Do It Again" by Charlie Daniels Band
  • Jason LaRue, Cincinnati Reds: "Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Mike Mordecai, Florida Marlins: "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynard Skynard"

    "American Idol" Wannabees

  • Reed Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays: "She Bangs" by William Hung
  • Steve Sparks, Arizona Diamondbacks: "She Bangs" by William Hung

    "Wrestlemania"

  • Jason Giambi, New York Yankees: "The Wolfpack Theme", WCW Wrestling
  • Matt Stairs, Kansas City Royals: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's Entrance Music

    Shout out to My People

  • Austin Kearns, Cincinnati Reds: "Hell Yeah" by Montgomery Gentry
  • Mark Prior, Chicago Cubs: "USC Fight Song"
  • Al Leiter, New York Mets: Mix of Bruce Springsteen hits
  • Corey Koskie, Minnesota Twins: "Tom Sawyer" by Rush

    "I'd Like to Thank the Academy ..."

  • David Dellucci, Texas Rangers: "The Godfather Waltz" by Nino Rota
  • Jake Peavy, Padres: "Dukes of Hazard Theme" by Waylon Jennings
  • Sean Burroughs, Padres: "The El Mariachi Theme" by Alvaro Rodriguez
  • Jorge Posada, Yankees: The Score From "Scarface" by Giorgio Moroder
  • Kaz Matsui, New York Mets: "Bruce Lee Theme" by Unknown

    "I Love the '70s"

  • Johnny Estrada, Atlanta Braves: "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Eric Byrnes, Oakland Athletics: "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps
  • Dan Wilson, Seattle Mariners: Mix of James Brown tunes
  • Dustan Mohr, S.F. Giants: "Play That Funky Music White Boy" by Wild Cherry
  • Todd Zeile, New York Mets: "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band

    Mic Check 1-2

  • Oliver Perez, Pittsburgh Pirates: "O.P.P." by Naughty By Nature
  • Mike Redmond, Florida Marlins:"Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-A-Lot
  • Casey Daigle, Arizona Diamondbacks: "Rumpshaker" by Wreckz-N-Effects
  • Shane Nance, Arizona Diamondbacks: "I Wish" by Skee-lo
  • Michael Young, Texas Rangers: "Nothing But a G Thang" by Dr. Dre

    Page 3's All Star Team of Intriguing Choices
    Starting Pitcher: Josh Fogg, Pittsburgh Pirates: "Exodus" by Bob Marley
    To listen: Click here.

    Relief Pitcher: Steve Reed, Colorado Rockies: "Midnight Blue" by Lou Gramm
    To listen: Click here.

    Closer: Dan Kolb, Milwaukee Brewers: "Stand Alone" by Godsmack
    To listen: Click here.

    Catcher: Mike Redmond, Florida Marlins: "Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-A-Lot
    To listen: Click here.

    First Base: Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians: "Du Hast" by Rammstein
    To listen: Click here.

    Second Base: Todd Walker, Cubs: "These Boots Were Made For Walking" by Nancy Sinatra (Organ)
    To listen: Click here.

    Third Base: Dave Hansen, Seattle Mariners: "Misty Mountain Top" by Led Zeppelin
    To listen: Click here.

    Shortstop: Miguel Tejada, Baltimore Orioles: "Hit 'Em Up" by Tupac
    To listen: Click here.

    Leftfield: Rondell White, Detroit Tigers: "Neva Eva" by Trillville
    To listen: Click here.

    Centerfield: Jeromy Burnitz: "Zombie Nation" by Kernkraft 400
    To listen: Click here.

    Rightfield: David Dellucci, Texas Rangers: "The Godfather Waltz" by Nino Rota
    To listen: Click here.

    One of ESPN's final 100 "Dream Job" contestants, Peter Schrager recently graduated from Emory University and covers popular culture for Page 3.