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Baseball Basslines: Longhorns Share Stories Behind Their Walk-Up Songs

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
As college baseball season returns, so do the sounds of spring. However, we learned that as much work as players put into this (sound of hitting), they spend almost as much time on these (music playing).

A walk-up or walk-out song is a carefully selected tune played when a batter comes to the plate or a pitcher heads to the mound. Scouting reports are not just for your opponent.

"We spend countless hours, honestly," admitted Texas starting pitcher Parker French.

Nathan Thornhill echoed those sentiments. "You 'Shazam' a lot of songs wherever you are."

This weekend, nearly every Longhorn will debut their new jam. French, UT's Friday night starter, is going with a remix of his song from last season, Levels by Avicii.

"I wanted to add a little bit more bass, a little bit more bang," said French.

Outfielder Taylor Stell is going old school, using Aerosmith's Dream On.

"It's partly getting you motivated, partly getting you loose and ready to go," Stell told KEYE TV sports.

But it's safe to say, few walk-up songs will get a reaction like outfielder Collin Shaw's, who picked Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus.

"It makes you smile when you're walking up to the plate," admitted Shaw. "It keeps you loose and that's kind of what the walk-up song is about."

Outfielder Mark Payton has his doubts. "If that's what does it for him, that's what does it for him," said Payton. "But we'll be laughing in the dugout when he walks up there to it."

Augie Garrido has forgotten more about baseball than most of us will ever know. His advice to players on picking a walk-up song: choose one that pushes your own buttons and not anyone else's.

"I want something that symbolizes something that motivates you, and not socially," said Garrido. "Or sensually, either."

"You know, we don't play the game for the girls," said Thornhill, who will start on the mound Saturday for Texas.

"I'm pretty selfish when it comes to walk-out songs, I'm thinking about myself," said French.

So what song would Augie choose as his walk-up? Thornhill suspected it would be something from the movie Madagascar.

"I have a lot of things from Madagascar," said Garrido. "I like to Move It is one of my favorites."

As opening weekend arrives, rest assured that Texas has put in the necessary preparations to make its fans proud. And while every Longhorn will start this weekend without an average or an ERA on their box score - everyone is batting 1.000 with their new jams.
Baseball Basslines: Longhorns Share Stories Behind Their Walk-Up Songs


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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