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BLOGS FROM THE CAVE: The Walk Up Music

"Now batting..."

The memory is fresh in my mind. I was at Yankee Stadium with my family. The Yanks were down 6 to 3 in the 8th, bases loaded with 2 outs…and then…over the Stadium PA, the sound of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" echoed through the Bronx and Bob Sheppard, as only he could, announced, "Now batting, #21, Paul O'Neill, number 21."

Paulie doubled to the gap in left center and the Stadium went up for grabs. You could hear it out on The Major Deegan Expressway. It was epic.

I think the reason that moment sticks with me, aside from O'Neill being my favorite player, is because the playing of The Who's song heightened the excitement level. The music that plays as hitters walk to the plate is something that is so great about the modern game.

The guys pick songs from an artist that they actually listen to, songs that get them ready to battle MLB pitchers. It adds to the drama and serves as a movie soundtrack of sorts. I have had dreams of walking up to the plate with the game on the line to the Beastie Boys "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn,” The Clash's "Death or Glory,” The Pogues "If I Should Fall From Grace with God" or "Rascal King" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The dreams are vivid because of the songs.

Music is a big part of baseball and I'm glad it is. It helps make great moments unforgettable ones, ones you'll remember forever.

What would be your song? Tweet us @mlbfancave #walkupsong.

The memory is fresh in my mind. I was at Yankee Stadium with my family. The Yanks were down 6 to 3 in the 8th, bases loaded with 2 outs…and then…over the Stadium PA, the sound of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" echoed through the Bronx and Bob Sheppard, as only he could, announced, "Now batting, #21, Paul O'Neill, number 21."

Paulie doubled to the gap in left center and the Stadium went up for grabs. You could hear it out on The Major Deegan Expressway. It was epic.

I think the reason that moment sticks with me, aside from O'Neill being my favorite player, is because the playing of The Who's song heightened the excitement level. The music that plays as hitters walk to the plate is something that is so great about the modern game.

The guys pick songs from an artist that they actually listen to, songs that get them ready to battle MLB pitchers. It adds to the drama and serves as a movie soundtrack of sorts. I have had dreams of walking up to the plate with the game on the line to the Beastie Boys "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn,” The Clash's "Death or Glory,” The Pogues "If I Should Fall From Grace with God" or "Rascal King" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The dreams are vivid because of the songs.

Music is a big part of baseball and I'm glad it is. It helps make great moments unforgettable ones, ones you'll remember forever.

What would be your song? Tweet us @mlbfancave #walkupsong.