There are some old traditions at baseball parks: Singing anthems, eating hotdogs, overpaying for beer. There are some new traditions as well, including keeping an ear peeled for a player's walkup song, the tune that plays when he takes the plate. Globe Life Park in Arlington is no exception to this new rule, and when the Rangers step out of the batter's circle, each has a unique selection that can either inspire or sap the fans' energy. The reaction factors important elements such as tempo, fan appeal and tone. Here are the Rangers' walkup songs this season, ranked best to worst.
1. “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar Joey Gallo, third baseman Top honors go to Joey Gallo. The lyrics “be humble, sit down” send a strong message to opposing pitchers. Gallo also receives extra points for having a relevant choice in music, as Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. was just released in mid-April.
2. “El Teke Teke” — Los Teke Teke, and “Menea Tu Chapa” — Wilo D’New Adrian Beltre, third baseman It's nice to see all fans enjoying these Spanish-language songs in Globe Life Park, even if many have no idea what they mean. They're fan favorites, maybe because of the upbeat tempos or because they mean future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre is about to do something magical.
3. “I’m a Thug” — Trick Daddy, and “Where the Party At” — Jagged Edge Delino DeShields, outfielder Both of Delino DeShields’ walkup songs came out in 2001, which by millennials’ standards makes them oldies — but they’re still goodies. These hip-hop and R&B tracks, respectively, are solid choices from DeShields.
4. “Black Magic Woman” — Santana Jeremy Jeffress, relief pitcher It’s mysterious; it’s cool; it’s Santana. That gives this song a high position on this list, even though we prefer our walkup songs to be a little more aggressive.
5. “Tunnel Vision” — Kodak Black Mike Napoli, first baseman Napoli has long been an avid rap fan. This song fits Napoli perfectly because it exudes swagger, especially as he steps into the batter’s box. Party at Napoli’s, anyone?
6. “Believe” — Imagine Dragons Cole Hamels, starting pitcher This song is badass. It tells opposing batters, “Fear me.” (Unfortunately, Cole Hamels is currently on the DL.)
7. “Warrior” — Cosulluela Carlos Gomez, center fielder Rangers fans really like Latino hip-hop because this song always has heads bobbing at the ballpark. Gomez frequently picks new walkup songs, so it’s likely that his song selection will change tomorrow.
8. “Sharp Dressed Man” — ZZ Top Tony Barnette, relief pitcher This rock hit fits Tony Barnette’s long hair, and it’s a solid choice for running out of the bullpen.
9. “Factory of Faith” — Red Hot Chili Peppers A.J. Griffin, starting pitcher You can’t go wrong with a Chili Peppers song. Griffin played for the Oakland A's for the first three years of his career before moving to the Rangers, so perhaps his choice of the quintessentially California band (the Red Hot Chili Peppers are from LA and often sing about their home state) reflects nostalgia for his past.
10. “Regulate” — Warren G Shin-Soo Choo, right fielder We love classic '90s rap, so we're inclined to place "Regulate" higher on this list, but this slinky, funky song just feels more appropriate for lighting one up with friends or cruising at night, looking for action like Warren G in the song, than it does getting revved up to knock one out of the park.
11. “Me Buque” — Kapuchino Ft. Messiah, and “Rulay” — Secreto “El Famoso Biberon” Normar Mazara, right fielder There's nothing too special about these hip-hop songs — the first is basically a Pitbull knockoff — but they get points for at least being tough-sounding.
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