By Matt Loede @MattLoede on April 16, 2014
There's plenty of music at the ballpark that gets noticed, but with the growing trend of players using songs to either warm-up on the mound or walk-up to the plate, music is noticed more than ever. Today let's look at the 10 best songs for Indians players in 2014 as they get ready to get down to business at the plate or on the mound.
Raburn busted onto the scene in 2013 and was a key player during the Indians' playoff run. His song, Blake Shelton's "Kiss My Country ***", gets Indians fans in that country mood at Progressive Field in the summer months.
One of the most popular wrestling formations ever was the NWO, which brings us to Jason Giambi, who uses the 'NWO Wolfpack,' song when he strides to the plate. His 2013 season will always be remembered for his key game-winning HR against the White Sox late in the season.
A song that fits Masterson, a Christian, as he gets set to take the mound is Rebirthing by Christian rock band Skillet. The song came out in 2006 and was the first single off their seventh album Comatose. The song was very popular on the Christian charts, staying at No. 1 for 16 weeks back when it was released.
The top Indians setup man uses the title track "Sound of Madness" by Shinedown. The song was released in late February of 2009 and was the band's third single off the album. It hit No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Chart in the U.S. Allen has become a huge part of the Tribe pen the last two seasons.
Kipnis was handed a new deal by the Tribe the morning of their home opener, and he's got a rocking remix of the song "Satisfication" done by Benny Benassi which has been used all over the place in commercials as well as in movies. The song was Benassi's debut single and most successful song, peaking at No. 2 in the United Kingdom.
New Indian utility man Elliot Johnson goes all the way back to 1967 for his song, "Purple Haze" by late rocker Jimi Hendrix. The 2:50 song has been used by many players over the years, and Johnson sends the Progressive Field fans back in time with this classic by Hendrix when he comes to the plate.
The just sent down Nyjer Morgan uses a song that's been around for many years but has taken on a life of its own. It's the same song used by WWE champion Daniel Bryan, "Flight Of The Valkyries", done with rocking riffs by WWE music man Jim Johnston. The song gets the faithful at Progressive Field chanting Bryan's signature 'Yes, Yes' pointing two fingers in the air when Morgan comes to bat. How old is the song? Try 1854.
New Indians closer John Axford allowed Indians fans to choose his song, and out of the options he gave the fans chose 'Working Man' by the rock band Rush, which was released 40 years ago in 1974. The song has been featured on episodes of the television shows My Name is Earl, That 70's Show and Supernatural. For Axford, it fits him perfectly.
Never did a walk-up song fit a player as perfect as Nick Swisher, who comes to the plate to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The song first showed up in the movie Despicable Me 2 and has been getting more and more popular. The song reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending Mar. 1 of this year. It's a perfect song for the happy-go-lucky Swisher.
It may be best known as a one-hit wonder, but for Mark Morrison, it's like he wrote the song "Return of the Mack" for Indians starter Zach McAllister, who warms up before his starts on the mound to it. The song was released in February 1997 when McAllister was just 10 years old. But he's been using it from day one, and it gets the Indians fans going when he gets on the mound.
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