What makes Kentucky so good this year on the diamond? Is it the quality at-bats? The bash bros in the middle of the lineup? The dominant pitching staff? While all those are great, what makes this team so great is their walk-up songs. Every great baseball player needs a great song to play as they walk to the plate or mound. So who has the best walk-up song on this year’s team? Here are the top five jams for the BatCats.
Reminder: These are not ranked as the “best” songs. These are ranked based on connection to the player and connection to how good the song is as walk-up music.
#5 T.J Collett: It’s a Great Day to be Alive- Travis Tritt
Not every player needs to be overly hype at the plate. Some guys just want to relax and remember it’s a great day to be alive. Collett went with Travis Tritt’s biggest hit to remind all the fans that everything is gonna be alright. So whenever you hear “I got rice cookin’ in the microwave,” just know that Collett is probably about to drive a out of Cliff Hagan Stadium.
#4 Zeke Lewis: Best Kept Secret- Zeke Lewis
Yep, Zeke walks up to his own rap song. How awesome is that? Lewis is an emerging rapper out of Atlanta that has songs on Spotify and Soundcloud. If you haven’t listened to any of Zeke’s songs, I suggest that you check them out on any available streaming sites. What better way to spread the word about your new music than have it as your walk-up song? (Troy Squires also walks up to another one of Zeke’s songs, “How I Move”)
#3 Tie: Zach Haake and Mason Hazelwood: “Loud and Heavy”/”God’s Gonna Cut You Down”: Cody Jinks/Johnny Cash
There is something to be said for a dark, intense country song as a walk-up song. It sets a great mood, especially for these two young relievers. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” is a wonderful cover by the Man in Black that he produced in the backend of his career. The song is one of Johnny’s darker songs, and it can strike fear into your opponent by repeating “You can run on for a long time, run on for a long time, run on for a long time. Sooner or later God’ll cut you down.” Haake’s song choice is similar. Cody Jinks’ deep voice and dark imagery in “Loud and Heavy” works well for a reliever’s walk-up.
#2 Tristan Pompey: God’s Plan- Drake
The Toronto-native has gone with a Drake song each year, and for good reason. Drake continually puts out songs that work well as walk-up songs. “God’s Plan” is the perfect song to get hype to as you walk to the plate. Pompey says a lot of his swagger comes from living in Toronto, so picking Drake’s newest hit fits his personality. This song is a lot of fun and gets the college crowd into the at-bat. Pompey knows what he’s doing by picking the 6god as his walk-up for the third straight season.
#1 Trey Dawson: Country Roads- John Denver
This song choice is too perfect to not land on our list. Dawson, a native of Hurricane, West Virginia, chose this John Denver hit to represent his home state. It’s a relaxing, acoustic jam that allows Dawson to pay homage to his past. I dig it when players stray from the norm of intense rap songs or basic country. “Country Roads” is a universally known song, which allows the fans to sing along and get excited about each at-bat.
What would your walk-up song be? Send it to @TreyHuntsmanKSR or comment below.