Doling out Fantasy baseball walk-up songs
The NFL draft prospects shouldn't get to have all of the fun. Here are some walk-up songs for the biggest names in Fantasy baseball.
With the NFL allowing selected first-round prospects the opportunity to select their own walk-up songs for the draft Thursday, we had a chance to take a glimpse at what each player thought of himself. Marqise Lee is, apparently, both handsome and wealthy. Good to know.
Although it is a bit disappointing nobody went all-out WWE-style with their selection -- where are the real Americans??? -- it gave me an idea. If we held a Fantasy baseball draft, live at Radio City Music Hall and everything, what would the soundtrack of the first round be?
With a month and change under our belts, we have at least a bit of perspective on how some of the top picks are turning out, which should help with out song choices. Here are some tunes that represent how some of the top prospects seasons have gone.
(Based on CBSSports.com Average Draft Position)
1. Mike Trout
"The World's Greatest" - R. Kelly
Teddy Bridgewater chose this for his walk-up song, but it is so much more fitting for Trout at this point.
2. Miguel Cabrera
"Mo Money, Mo Problems" - The Notorious B.I.G.
He'll be fine, but Cabrera's slow start is not a good look in the wake of his big extension early in the season.
3. Clayton Kershaw
"Worth The Wait" - We Are Scientists
Kershaw proved himself worth the wait in his return from the disabled list this week, tossing seven dominant innings in a win.
4. Paul Goldschmidt
"Golden" - My Morning Jacket
There are a lot of songs with "gold" in the title. I mean, A LOT. Go look. This one is my favorite, and a fitting choice for a bat as good as Goldschmidt's.
5. Andrew McCutchen
"Encore" - Jay-Z
How do you follow up a season where you are your team's first MVP winner in 20-plus years? If you are Andrew McCutchen, you come back to work better than ever, as he has increased each part of his triple-slash line so far.
6. Adam Wainwright
"Getting Better" - The Beatles
Despite finishing second in Cy Young voting twice in three years, there just doesn’t seem to be any ceiling for Wainwright. He is en route to lowering his ERA for a third season.
7. Robinson Cano
"Alive" - Pearl Jam
Cano is still alive, but he has as many home runs through a month as the pride of Seattle has post-2002 top-50 hits.
8. Justin Verlander
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk
On the surface, we're getting a vintage Justin Verlander season through the first week of May. Just look at that shiny ERA! But his K/9 hasn't been this low since he was a rookie, and the rest of his peripherals aren't much better. He's had luck on his side.
9. Joey Votto
"Steady As She Goes" - The Raconteurs
Votto is about as dependable as the elite hitters come. You know he'll get on base -- and unfortunately post 60-percent as many RBI as he probably should, thanks to his team's baffling lineup construction.
10. Max Scherzer
"Behind Blue Eyes" - The Who
Well, "blue eye."
11. Yu Darvish
"Great Expectations" - The Gaslight Anthem
Darvish continues to live up to even the loftiest hopes foisted upon him after the Texas Rangers paid $100 million-plus for his services before his first MLB pitch.
12. Felix Hernandez
"Who Gon Stop Me" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
For King Felix, it had be something off 'Watch The Throne'. And, after a decade of dominance, it's clear nobody is stopping Hernandez.
Also in the green room
13. Prince Fielder
"Free Fallin'" - Tom Petty
Coming off his worst season, Fielder was widely expected to get back on track in Texas. Instead, he's in a nose dive.
14. Troy Tulowitzki
"Breakout" - Foo Fighters
I had to settle for this song after an exhaustive search led me to the conclusion that there aren't any songs about players magically turning into prime Ted Williams overnight.
26. Jose Fernandez
"Prove Yourself" - Radiohead
Fernandez might be the only player who can challenge Mike Trout's combination of precociousness and dominance. We knew he was legit after winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013, but he's establishing himself as maybe the best pitcher in baseball.
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