I have been to more Cardinals games this summer than any summer since 2008; probably 15+, but no way of really knowing. Capping it all off, I was able to see games this past Friday and Saturday as the birds launched themselves into first place. I even had the coveted “green” seats on Friday for the first time in a few years. Getting to see John Axford get booted from the game from about sixty feet away was priceless.
Nearing the end of what looks to be a very successful season, I thought it was about time to weigh in the Cardinals choices for the music that plays when they walk up to bat. I looked at seven of the more interesting choices last year, so I’ll do you one better and give you eight this year. As a quick disclaimer, some players do not use the same song for an entire year, and sometimes the walk-up music will change from game to game. And since I can’t find a great authority for all the iterations players use, I just cherry pick the ones I actually want to write about. Enjoy.
Jon Jay: “Public Service Announcement” – Jay-Z
Dopey-ass Jon Jay ditched last year’s jam, “Mercy”, for this Black Album Jay-Z track. It certainly isn’t the most appropriate song for Jay, but has a quick-hitting walk-up song, it works quite well. Perfect for the atmosphere at Busch, and even better with a couple men on base. I don’t know what song would be completely appropriate for Jay, but at least this is an improvement.
Song Grade: A+
Appropriateness Grade: C+