A tale of Todd Frazier, his grandparents and Frank Sinatra
Every time Todd Frazier comes to the plate, his unique walk-up music is an ode to his New Jersey roots.
In stark contrast to the bass-heavy hip-hop and rock tracks favored by most players, the Reds third baseman/left fielder has Frank Sinatra’s mellow classics “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Come Fly with Me” belted over the loudspeakers when he steps to the plate.
The tunes remind Frazier of his upbringing in Toms River, N.J., about an hour south of Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken. Frazier’s grandparents got him hooked on Ol' Blue Eyes when he was a child.
“I started liking him when I was around 12 or 13,” Frazier said. “I used to say ‘Grandpa, come on,’ when he put it on when I was young, but he insisted on keeping it on and it grew on me. It was joyous and it reminds me of [my grandparents].”
Frazier claims to have almost all of Sinatra’s tracks on his iTunes. He got them from a “big compilation CD” that he owns.
“I can’t say I know all his songs,” Frazier said. "But almost."
At the Reds’ Hall of Fame Gala, where new members like Sean Casey were honored, Frazier was asked to sing “Fly Me to the Moon” for the crowd of approximately 1,400.
Of course, he smiled and obliged.
“I was put on the spot and I just had to come through,” Frazier said. “Everyone got a good laugh and it was a good time.”