Twins and Timberwolves players pick their entrance music: What's yours?

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Would you walk with a Boss accompaniment to the plate at Target Field?
Prior to Timberwolves home games, individual players are allowed the opportunity to select the team's pregame warm-up music in the final shoot-around before tip-off. Most choices borrow from the worlds of hip-hop, R&B, or rap at Target Center.

That runs in contrast to Target Field--where a more eclectic blend (rock, rap, country) is chosen by players to accompany them to individual plate appearances.

Regardless of sport: What music would you chose to welcome you to the plate? To dial in your jump shot? To preface a downhill ski run? To play over your NHL shootout? 

Or, feel free to remove the hypothetical altogether and just comment on what's in your iPod during a run or workout.

A few of my own favorites:

"Back Door Slam" by Robert Cray
Don't let the shoddy vid dissuade you: The slightly faster studio version is perhaps the funkiest offering from this blues master.
Spicer sport: Baseball.
Line to get blood moving:  When I walk down the streets, the streetlights go out/When I drive through your town, the dogs start to howl.

 

"Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band
Detroit guitar legend's early 70's funk classic also regarded as touching the roots of Hip-Hop.
Spicer sport: Basketball.
Line to get blood moving: None: The guitar does the talking.

 


"The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen
Homage to Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath (and also to Woody Guthrie), the Boss' genius, literary offering of sparse, oneness.
Spicer sport: Golf practice
Line to get blood moving: The highway is alive tonight; But nobody's kiddin' nobody about where it goes.

 

"Rock and Roll Girls" by John Fogerty
Less complex than the others herein -- but this one spans the sporting landscape as just fun, classic American rock with summertime nostalgia.
Spicer "sport": Driving to the racetrack.
Line to get blood moving: If I had my way, I'd shuffle off to Buffalo; Sit by the lake, and watch the world go by.

 


"The Seed 2.0" by The Roots (with Cody Chesnutt)
There's no sense trying to define The Roots' impossible blend of Soul, Funk and Rock, etc. In brief: this is just one of the greatest adrenaline songs ever made (whatever you take from the lyrics).
Spicer sport: Bench press.
Line to get blood moving:  And I'm left to shine, but the legacy that I leave behind be the seed that'll keep the flame; I don't ask for much but enough room to spread these wings; And the world finna know my name.

 

OK. Your turn.
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23 comments
Marcus K. Anderson
Marcus K. Anderson

Turn up the Radio- AutographTaking Care of Busines- Bachman Turner Overdrive

Marcus K. Anderson
Marcus K. Anderson

Turn up the Radio- AutographTaking Care of Business- Bachman Turner Overdrive

jim
jim

short on the rolling stones, bto, lynard skinner and even over exposed queen

BHughes
BHughes

So cool - great songs!Mine would be: Golf: Bye Bye BirdieFootball: Don't Go Breaking My Heart (and any other part)Baseball: I Wanna Go HomeBasketball: I Really Want to Go Home!

Hank5
Hank5

Still keep the "Little Green BAg" from Res Dogs in iPOd when working out. Think that would make for great boxing entry into the ring.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

I always thought Orbital's "Lush 3-1/3-2" would be perfect for a basketball team's entrance.

George
George

I always thought "Cecilia Ann" by the Pixies would be good entrance music for an athlete.

Dyer Nicholas
Dyer Nicholas

Talkshow host by Radiohead. Just imagine walking to the plate with that eerie beginning. Dope.

duke
duke

boy am i out of it, i never heard of any of your selections. personally i like 2001 being played when i come to the plate.

Michelle
Michelle

"the seed 2.0": yes! good running song.the song I usually have running through my head is the beginning of Hot Chip's "ready for the floor." and my baseball at-bat song is Teardrop by Massive Attack. might have to add some techno beats to it though.

Morneau33
Morneau33

"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve or "Sure Shot" by the Beastie Boys.

Malone
Malone

I love that you put in 'Driving to the Racetrack' as one of your sports and the line that 'gets your blood moving' is entirely sedentary 'Sit by the lake and watch the world go by'...awesome...

myles
myles

I guess "Onward Christian Soldiers" sung by the Reverand Al Sharpton would work. But then, what do I know, I'm not even a Christian!

bronson
bronson

I thought this story was going to include the music choices of specific Twins/Wolves players. You're a "journalist." Pick up a phone, man.

Judd
Judd

I'm glad there's a female respondant to this one, as I've long wondered if women were perhaps turned-off by this song.

Judd
Judd

"Sure Shot" has risen my FG% nearly 10 points in these winter months. I kid you not.

Judd
Judd

You've obviously never spent any quality time in Buffalo . . .

Judd
Judd

The Comment system is working against me today, it would seem; tried to offer you some linkage, so maybe those will pop up later herein. Beyond that: give this a go.

For a fun piece on Twins at-bat music, type into Google: Minnesota Twins at bat songs, and look at the article for Foxsportsnorth from last April. Good stuff.

Per the Wolves, type in: Minnesota Timberwolves music, and check out some of the offerings from Target Center.

Judd
Judd

Hhhmn. Let me try this again (trouble placing onks on here today). Here's a fun Twins list that FSN.com put together last April ("Moving to a different beat"):

bottom of the page with your preferred at-bat song.

Denard SpanJay-Z – A Star is Born

Orlando HudsonYoung Jeezy – Big DogShawty Lo – Feels GoodUsher – Daddy’s HomeYo Gotti – Easy Yo Gotti – Everybody Quiet

Joe MauerT.I. – What You Know

Justin MorneauAC/DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

Michael CuddyerThousand Foot Krutch – Fire It UpBlake Shelton – Hillbilly BoneGoodie Mob – Cutty Buddy

Jason KubelPowerman 500 – Super Villain

Delmon YoungLil Wayne – I’m RawShow Me My Opponent

JJ HardyZac Brown Band – Chicken Fried

Nick PuntoJake Owen – Eight Second RideBenassi Bros – I love my Sex Brendan HarrisKid Rock – Bawitaba

Jim Thome300 Soundtrack – Returns A King300 Soundtrack – Fever Dream Drew ButeraBlack Eyed Peas - Imma Be Jon RauchMetallica – Wherever I May Roam

bronson
bronson

But griping aside, I would want to walk up to the plate with Big Boi's recent "General Patton." It sounds like it was made to intimidate opponents.

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