The Texas Rangers' 10 Best 2016 Walk-Up Songs
And it's outta there: Can anyone keep up with Prince Fielder in the walk-up song races?
Can the Texas Rangers win the AL West again in 2016? Can they make a deep run in the playoffs? Can they go all the way? Well, one game into the season it may be a little early to figure that out, or to even know whether it will stack up to the fairy tale of 2015. But one thing's for sure: We'll get to listen to thousands and thousands of walk-up songs, which means six months of bad taste and clichéd decisions. It's never too early to pick the best of that batch.
10. Ryan Rua, LF: “Right Thurr” – Chingy/“Work” – Rihanna
You know when you include a song you dislike on a playlist only because you’re aware it’s massively popular, but later, when you’re listening to that playlist you hear that song and it makes you realize you should just trust your gut and not worry about what other people like? Maybe Ryan Rua feels like that about “Work.” Here’s an interesting statistic: Of all the times Rua has been hit by a pitch, how many of them have happened after he’s walked up to Rihanna? In terms of a good walk-up track, the Chingy song is on par with “Sabotage” and “Menea Tu Chapa,” but Rihanna drags Rua’s choices down toward the bottom.
9. Hanser Alberto, SS: “Te Amo” – Israel Houghton
Well, this song is about Jesus; if it bugs you, at least give Alberto credit for being true to his beliefs. It’s just as hooky as any other Latin jam on this list, plus there are some sweet horn parts scattered throughout.
8. Adrian Beltre, 3B: “Menea Tu Chapa” – Wilo D New
It’s probably adorable to see somebody’s parents, drunk on boomsticks, 16-ounce Shiners and afternoon fun, standing up and arrhythmically shaking their ass to this, at least. Points for repping home, though, Beltre!
7. Martin Perez, P: “El Toro Mas Pitador” – Miguelito Diaz
This song rules. But also, if you are near some racist loudmouth who makes jokes about Mexicans when Perez steps up to this, be sure to tell him or her that the artist is actually from Venezuela. Let us know how it goes.
6. Justin Ruggiano, RF: “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
Nothing brilliant about walking up to this chestnut, but a classic is a classic. Most important, the sense of determined menace in that opening lick is a powerful thing to rally around.
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