August 24, 2005
Everyone needs to be entertained, even Phillies coming into the game at Citizens Bank Park. At least a dozen players request certain tunes to put them in a hitting or pitching mood. It's up to Phanavision director Bill Hooker to play "Enter Sandman" by Metallica when pitcher Billy Wagner warms up, for instance, or queue up a Fabolous hit when shortstop Jimmy Rollins goes to bat. You might not recognize pitcher Brett Myers' pick, Subject to Change, a band from his hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. Some players don't have just one choice; Hooker can play "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling or "The Zoo" by Scorpions for pitcher Jon Lieber.
The guys are listening in the dugout, all right. Teammates gave second baseman Chase Utley major-league grief over "We Like to Party" by the Vengaboys. You know it - it's the peppy song that the creepy old man dances to in those dopey Six Flags commercials. (Apologies for planting that tune in your head.)
If the Yankees decide to go after Wagner this winter, and sign him as a Free Agent to fill Gordon's role, he's going to have to get another song.
I would suggest Ride of the Valkyries.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 24, 2005 04:18 PM
That is going to be the most interesting battle of the off season, but I happen to think that Wagner is going to refuse to go anywhere he's not the full-time closer. He has a enormous ego, and an attitude to boot. Since closing in the Bronx or Boston is not a real alternative for him, my guess is that he stays in the NL, where the chance of him being beat up are much less, and he get's to keep his nice job as the savior. Wagner doesnt strike me as the kind of guy that is going to play second fiddle to another closer, so I would not expect him to be on either team, thus keeping his current into music.
Posted by: brad at August 24, 2005 05:29 PM
I was in Detroit last week and Brandon Inge always came up to Skeelow's "I wish I was a little bit taller..." song.
Posted by: Ryan at August 24, 2005 06:06 PM
Wagner is not going to sign to be a caddy.
Imagine the Yankees giving this guy more money than MO? Unless MO indicates he's retiring, Wagner isn't in the Yankees plans.
Posted by: Don at August 24, 2005 06:16 PM