I would be hard pressed to find a better walk up song in recent history than Ian Kinsler using Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” The song (which he still uses with the Angels) is the perfect baseball walk up song, especially for a Detroit player. It’s got a recognizable beat, and it also plays on the rich baseball tradition of players having elaborate and unique superstitions to get them through the season. In the case of Kinsler in Detroit, using a Stevie Wonder song was also a great nod to the Michigan-born music legend.
Kinsler’s secondary song was Jack White’s “Lazaretto” which was also a genius selection: White is another Detroit-native musician, and also Kinsler’s business partner at Warstic bats. Ian Kinsler was really good at picking his songs.
Since then, Tigers fans haven’t had a lot of memorable jams. Nicholas Castellanos has an Alicia Keys tune that puts the crowd to sleep but seems to get him pumped, so weren’t not really complaining, but still... there has to be something better.
So this week for our FanPost prompt we’re challenging you: pick better walk-up songs for the Tigers, and tell us why you chose them. For example, I might pick Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” if Anibal Sanchez was still on the team — “Ani are you okay, are you okay, are you okay Ani? You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by a smooth criminal.” It just works. Bonus points if you pick a song for yourself, too (mine would be Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”)
Head over to the FanPosts section, select “New FanPost” on the left, and be the new Comerica Park DJ. You don’t need to do all the players on the team, but pick at least two or three if you can come up with new songs for them. Have fun!