For those that don’t know, walk-up music is what baseball players select to be played when they come to bat during a home game. It’s usually about five to ten seconds of a song, something to get them a little more pumped up at the 70%+ chance of failing at what they’re about to do. Closers – the bullpen specialists who only pitch at the end of a game and rack up saves – get to have entire songs play while they trot to the mound and then warm up. It’s a great way to get the crowd going. I don’t know who the first closer was to do that, but the one I remember being the first was Trever Hoffman with the Padres, coming out to “Hells Bells.” Excellent choice. When the crowd heard those bells at the start of the song they got pumped up, and they knew something good was probably gonna happen.
So now that you know what walk-up music is, here is a brief list of politicians – living and dead – and what I think their songs should be/should have been.
Ronald Reagan – I Keep Forgetting (We’re Not In Love Anymore)
Abe Lincoln – Head Like a Hole (Yes, that’s foreshadowing as well as a song that wouldn’t exist for another 100 years or so. Oh well, my blog, my rules).
John F. Kennedy – Head Li…well, you know.
Bobby Kennedy – really, do I need to even start it? OK, moving on…
John Kerry – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STVgn685iwQ
Michele Bachmann – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMS2cbgR9Xk
Barack Obama – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQ
Rick Perry – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zodjBqKYnzg
Barney Frank – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypcs4c7ihSo (too easy?)
John Boehner – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXC574lzHA
Ron Paul – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx-dTkVdU4c