Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics is my hero. Not because he is a talented player on my favorite baseball team; that’s a terrible reason to admire anyone.* But recently, and apparently on a whim, he decided to choose as his walk-out music “Careless Whisper,” that George-Michael-and-a-saxaphone classic about the long-term affects of guilt on your feet and the rhythm thereof. And I think that’s great. Not just the song, which is obviously awesome, but the addition of a little random weirdness to America’s Pastime. Which, like so many things, could always use a little more random weirdness.
I would like to encourage this sort of thing, so I have assembled a list of similarly-minded walkout songs for the rest of the A’s position players.** Because, when you come right down to it, why not?
John Jaso, C
Let It Go, Idina Menzel
Pros: Might mess with the pitcher’s release point, increased ticket sales among coveted female 6-13 demographic.
Con: The line “Cold never bothered me anyway” might be read as insensitive to attendees at 50-degree August night games.
Jed Lowrie, SS
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), REM
Entire stadium: *mumblemumblesomethingsomethingLEO-NARD BERN-STEIN*
*I am completely serious about this.
**Pitchers will have to be another post. I’m thinking maybe TV theme songs?