Josh Hamilton likes to walk up to a mix of "This Life" (Mercy Me), "I Used To Do It" (LeCrae), "Sing A Song" (Third Day), and "Showstopper" (Toby Mac). What would your song be?
A week or so ago, a bunch of the Aerys MLB writers and I got into a lengthy discussion about walk-up songs. I mean, it’s a tough decision. People judge you based on your choice. (Wait, that’s just me? Oh…) So we thought it would be fun to share our choices with you.
When it rains, it pours, huh? Well, this week we saw yet another hit to females in sports. Let me catch you up to speed.
On Monday, we were presented with this video of a female St. Louis reporter who was going to ride the new Mr. Freeze roller coaster at Six Flags with Cardinals third baseman David Freese. Seems harmless, right? Well, just watch the video.
Anybody else concerned that this chick might kidnap David and tie him up in her basement? Just wait until November before you kidnap, K? We’ll also need him back by March.
This week the NL ladies let us know what they thought their team’s theme song should be this season, in case you missed the AL edition of you can see it here.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks (Snakes on the Grass): Running From Lions- All Time Low- Cat chose this song because “Based on the fact that Kirk Gibson is a perfectionist and all he can say about last year’s winning of the NL West is that it wasn’t nearly good enough. (“Don’t forget, we’ve got unfinished business/ stories yet to unfold/tales that must be retold”). Though, it would be more appropriate if it were “Running From Giants” instead.”
As a lifelong Cubs fan, I relish ridiculing that team 300 miles to the south. You know, the one with eleven World Series titles. Sadly, there’s not very much to make fun these days. I suffered through every pitch of the World Series, only to see them come back from being down to their final strike against the Rangers in Game 6, and win it all.
Then, we Cubs fans had to be tortured by seeing them win on Opening Night against the Miami Marlins, with Kyle Lohse taking a no hitter into the 7th inning. Even our favorite Cardinal, Ryan Theriot, has taken his major league-leading TOOTBLAN numbers to another team.
As I tweeted last night, “My personal hell continues.”
But Twitter Thursday isn’t about my tweets, my friends. It’s about those of the athletes we feel just a little bit closer to when they fire up the old Twitter machine. Thankfully, one of Aerys’s resident St. Louis Cardinals fans dug up this gem of a tweet on Opening Night Eve from Cardinals closer, Jason Motte. This could have just as easily been tomorrow’s Friday Fail candidate, but we’ll save something else juicy for you.
Before we all start typing “FACEPALM” and “smh”, let’s look at the possibilities here. There has to be a rational explanation for this discussion in the clubhouse, right?
Maybe The Hunger Games was actually based on the 2011 MLB postseason. Eight teams offered up their best rosters to slaughter each other, to fight for honor and riches, broadcast live on television screens across the country. The Cardinals may not have been the favorite among the Career tributes, but the odds were ever in their favor. Maybe the rally squirrel was really an MLB-created muttation, thrown into the Series by Commissioner Selig to stop an underdog district, whose most well-known tribute battles an addiction with alcohol, from winning their first Games.
As President Snow says to Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane in the film, “A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous.” I don’t think he’s a Cubs fan.
Are all sports fans as superstitious as we St. Louis Cardinals fans were this postseason?
Whether it was the clothes we wore, the food we ate, the beer we drank or where we sat in our living rooms to watch every playoff game, each one of us had the right mix we were sure brought our team good luck. Of course all our efforts made a difference — the Cardinals are World Series champions!
And speaking of right mix, several of us had our own must-listen game day songs too. These songs, in that elusive right combination, helped our Redbirds as well … or so we believe. Here are 11 songs on the Cardinals October playlist that kept Miranda, Kelly and me going through all 11 wins for the Cards 11th championship. (Sure, several border on cheesy — isn’t that the point?) Written in the Stars — Tinie Tempah
As the World Series travels from St Louis to Texas, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at these two ballparks. Both Busch Stadium and Rangers Ballpark In Arlington are relatively new compared to some of the older stadiums like Fenway or Wrigley.
I’ve been to both of these stadiums, and I have to say, they’re both absolutely fantastic. I know I might be a little biased towards Busch Stadium (screw Disneyworld, it’s MY happiest place on earth), but the atmosphere in Texas is infectious. The game I saw there was against the Orioles, rain delayed and everything, and you could STILL feel how much these fans loved their baseball. It was a fantastic experience.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
So let’s take a look back at how these great ballparks got to where they are now.
And, just because we can, let’s take a second to remember all the ballparks that used to be around but have since been taken from us.
Since roughly game two of the Division Series, I thought I’d never get this postseason’s anthem of “Written In The Stars” out of my head. Little did I know, I had yet to discover the real song of the playoffs, at least for Cardinal Nation.
Apparently, for those fortunate enough to live in the promised land (St. Louis, of course), this little gem has been splashed all over local radio for a few weeks already. By now, Vega Heartbreak has “errybody” wearing their “red hat, red shirt, red bottoms” … basically, it’s all about “red erry thang.”
As for me, I’m a little behind the eight ball, it seems. Still, once I heard this, um, heartfelt tribute, I couldn’t help but react. This song, Vega says (more than once!), is his dedication to his hometown team. And this piece of work has it all – a Michael Jordan quote:
“Michael Jordan once said, it’s not how you start, it’s how you FINISH!”
A season recap:
“Started with a losing record, we in the zone now.”
A plea directed towards big number five:
“Pujols, what up dog. Stay here, you got to.”
Support and confidence:
“Red hat, red shirt, red bottoms, red erry thang. St. Louis Cardinals, and we’re better than erry team!”
A reminder of the past:
“06 champions, never forget. 06 champions, once you’re a champion, you’re forever a champion.”
Nevermind those other nine titles …
Oh, and in case you weren’t sure (because he obviously wasn’t), a realization:
“I think that I just made myself a rally song!”
Rally squirrel who? That was SO September.
That explains the totally original rally chant:
“Go Cardinals, go Cardinals, go Cardinals … SCREAM!”
You know, before I say more, see for yourself – the music video just hit the web and is spreading like wildfire. Well, sort of.
I just don’t even know. For me, it’s so bad that it’s just awesome, more for its comic relief than its rally power. But hey, a squirrel, a tortoise and a glove walked into our postseason chatter. I can totally see lines from this new anthem weaseling their way into our lives, too (wanted or not!)
So … how ‘bout it, Cardinal Nation? Stand up for your home team – tell me what you think about this little tune. Inspirational? Irrational? Or just plain irritating?