Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye recently spoke with ESPN.com about his musical tastes and preferences.
ESPN.com: What three songs on your iPod are your favorites?
Dye: Well, I don't know if I can name three songs, but three artists would probably have to be Jay-Z -- something to get me going a little bit. And then to calm me down a little bit, I like Mary J. Blige. Can't go wrong with some Bob Marley, too, to take it way back.
So I listen to everything, but it kind of depends on what kind of mood I'm in and how I'm feeling that day.
ESPN.com: Very nice. And do you remember what your first concert was?
Dye: My first concert would have to be LL Cool J, "[I Can't Live Without] My Radio," back in Oakland, Calif., where I grew up. I just remember when he came out with that song, "My Radio," and he actually came onstage -- he came out of a tape deck of a big radio. So it was kind of cool. It was something I'll never forget.
ESPN.com: Now, if you were auditioning for "American Idol," what song would get you to Hollywood?
Dye: (Laughs.) I don't know. I don't think I'd be auditioning. I can't sing. I'll leave that to somebody else to do. That's something that I try to stay away from. You know, occasionally in the shower, you sound a lot better than you are with the sound of the water running and it kind of takes away from the way you actually sound. But I don't think I'll be doing that.
ESPN.com: What song would you sing in the shower?
Dye: Well … that's a hard one. Probably depends on what I've been listening to the last couple days. Something I heard in the clubhouse or something that sticks out that tends to stay with you for a couple days.
ESPN.com: If you went on tour with any group, singer or band, who would it be?
Dye: It would have to be … probably Jay-Z. I'm a big Jay-Z fan. I like his music. He keeps it real, and he ventures out into doing other stuff in the community and stuff like that. So I probably have to say I'd like to be in the background of his tours.
ESPN.com: OK, if you were making a band with your current teammates, who would play what?
Dye: Well, I think no doubt Scott Linebrink would probably play guitar. He's pretty good at that. He'd probably be our lead singer, too, because he can sing too a little bit. Drums, I'd probably have to say Carlos Quentin on the drums because he's kind of wacked out and crazy at times. Background singers would probably be Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz … I'd put all the rookies at backup singers. And I'd be the manager.
ESPN.com: At-bat music -- how important is that to pick out what song works for you, and what's your song that you use?
Dye: Right now, I'm playing the new "We Run This Town" Jay-Z and Rihanna song. Just came out. I think everybody's different. It's something that kinda gets you in the mood for an at-bat, kinda pumps you up a little bit. Everybody's different. A lot of people like loud, crazy, hard-core music … everybody's different. Some guys keep the same music every year, year in and year out. Some guys switch it up every month or so.
Whatever makes you feel good, whatever makes you relax before you get in that batter's box and lets you go out there and perform.
ESPN.com: OK, you're a championship wrestler. Picture this: When you come out and that entrance music is very important, what song are you coming out to?
Dye: Oh, that's a good one. … It's a song that, I don't know who sings it, but it's called "We Ready." It's like, "We ready, we ready, we ready … tonight … ." So something like that.
ESPN.com: That was awesome. Great music choice, by the way.
OK, now we're gonna have some picks for you. Would you pick Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift?
Dye: Taylor Swift.
ESPN.com: Any reason?
Dye: She just sounds better.
ESPN.com: And now, were you a fan of the early, happy, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" Beatles or the late, trippy, "I Am The Walrus" Beatles?
Dye: Probably the late Beatles. Their music is always gonna be around. They are idols, and I didn't listen to too much of their songs but just a couple, so I'm going to have to say the late Beatles.