Match the hitter with at-bat music

Updated: August 8, 2009, 2:11 AM ET
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For some reason a 1986 pop song about Josie on a vacation far away strikes a chord with some major league hitters.

White Sox rookie third baseman Gordon Beckham has used "Your Love" by The Outfield as his personal theme song and at-bat music to the tune of a .316 batting average and 38 RBIs in 53 games.

He reportedly used it as his at-bat music when he played at the University of Georgia, so he's become a little possessive of the song, even though it's just as old as he is. And who can blame him with lyrical gems such as this:

Josie's on a vacation far away
Come around and talk it over
So many things that I wanna say
You know I like my girls a little bit older
I just wanna use your love tonight
I don't wanna lose your love tonight

When he heard that Atlanta's Kelly Johnson used "Your Love" to help him snap out of a slump recently, Beckham called the Braves second baseman and asked, "What Gives?" according to Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. Beckham and Johnson then agreed the Braves veteran could play "Your Love" once a game, Comcast reported.

Beckham might need to make some more calls because Brewers outfielder Frank Catalanotto and Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes have also reportedly shown their love of "Your Love" as their walk-up music.

Beckham also told Comcast Sportsnet that White Sox prospect Tyler Flowers wanted to swipe the song from him in the minors earlier this year.


Here are links to the songs featured in this week's Batter's Hit Box if you want to download any of them from iTunes:

"Superstar" by Lupe Fiasco -- Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's the Cool (Deluxe Version) - Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos)

"Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon -- Kings of Leon - Only By the Night - Sex On Fire

"TNT" by AC/DC -- AC/dB - T.N.T. - T.N.T.

"Return of the Mack" by Mo' Reese Marks -- Mo Reese Marks - Return of the Mack - Return of the Mack

"Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn -- Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe - Hillbilly Deluxe

"I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister -- Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry - I Wanna Rock

"The Boss" by Rick Ross & T-Pain -- Rick Ross - Trilla (Bonus Track Version) - The Boss (feat. T-Pain)

"Respect My Conglomerate" by Busta Rhymes -- Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss & Lil Wayne - Back On My B.S. (Bonus Track Version) - Respect My Conglomerate

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