Reimagining Halo walk-up selections

Updated: August 13, 2015

One of the best parts about playing at home is being able to step up to the plate with your own entrance music. Much like a professional wrestler, a player can become one with his own theme. Take Mariano Rivera for example, every time he entered the game at Yankee Stadium, you could hear two things. One of those things was raucous cheers, and the other was ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica. This routine was usually good enough to spell doom for the opposing hitters as Rivera is widely considered the greatest closer of all time. Now, I don’t necessarily believe that Enter Sandman scared the hell out of batters, but I don’t doubt that guys knew what was coming next after that classic riff played.

With this in mind, combined with the fact that the Angels seemingly cannot get out of their own way since late July, I’ve decided to re-imagine the song selections for each Halo based off of their season performance so far. With each player I’ll also post a link to the song so that, if nothing else, you get the chance to hear some good music. Also, if you have your own song suggestions for players feel free to leave them in the comments.

Batting order last used 8/8 versus Baltimore Orioles:

1. David DeJesus (LF)

Song Choice: “Something Good” by Alt-J

Reason: With the opening lyrics to this song, ‘Oh something good tonight made me forget about you for now,’ really takes top billing for reasoning here. That something good being DeJesus actually being able to get on base which, for now, would make me forget about the fact that the Angels don’t really have a leadoff hitter.


2. Kole Calhoun (RF)

Song Choice: “Defy You” by The Offspring

Reason: Besides the fact that Calhoun looks exactly like the rhythm guitarist from your older brothers garage band, Calhoun has done exactly what the song implies. Kole has had a fantastic season thus far, and has gotten progressively better in his first two seasons with the Halos. Seemingly defying gravity in the outfield, Calhoun is never afraid to throw his body on the line for the team and can bring the crowd to their feet at any given time.



3. Mike Trout (CF)

Song Choice: “Nobody But Me” by The Human Beinz

Reason: How can you pick just one song for the best player on the planet. There were a plethora of worthy options but I decided to go with this classic. Like the song says ‘Aint nobody but me,’ a motto Im sure Mike Trout lives up to accordingly. Also, his mottos in the Subway ads just don’t do this man any justice.



4. Albert Pujols (1B)

Song Choice: “Around The World” by Daft Punk

Reason: “Guys, Im not machine, Im just Albert.” In fact, Albert is a machine, and who better to write a song for a robot, than two other robots? Also, if you combine the total distance of Albert’s home runs they would be able reach around the world 6 times. Actually, I just made that up, but it’s a smart plug for the song right?



5. David Murphy (DH)

Song Choice: “Blame” by Calvin Harris

Reason: Well, someone has to be the scapegoat if the Angels falter down the stretch and into the postseason. Although, you could really just use this song interchangeably with the Angels trade deadline acquisitions. Murphy, DeJesus and Victorino have been complete disappointments and if the Angels continue to dwindle, expect the blame to find these guys.



6. Erick Aybar (SS)

Song Choice: Izzo (H.O.V.A) by Jay-Z

Reason: One of the rarer things in sports, Roc Nation sports and Jay himself made sure there was a clause in Aybar’s contract that stimulates he must use a song from Mr. Carter. So, legally, I had to.



7. Conor Gillaspie (3B)

Song Choice: “Happy Endings” by Faul

Reason: Merely a prayer in the night, hoping that the good vibes of this song will reach Gillaspie who is batting an abysmal .107 in August. Gillaspie may disappoint, but that Saxophone will never die!



8. Johnny Giavotella (2B)

Song Choice: “Hit That Jive” by Gramatik

Reason: Why hasn’t ‘Jivin’ Jonny Giavotella not taken off as the best nickname ever? Unlike his predecessor, Giavotella has been able to put together a solid season and is currently batting .326 in August. That’s enough to make Jive.



9. Carlos Perez (C)

Song Choice: “Never Say Never” by Basement Jaxx

Reason: Shouldn’t Chris Iannetta be here? Never say never. Do you think the Angels have a shot to make the postseason? Never say never.




Until next time, @wtjefff

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