If you've never been to a live baseball game, what the heck is wrong with you?!?! No, what I meant to say, is that if you've never been to a live baseball game, you may not know that each player (or, at least, each batter) has usually selected a song that will play for a few seconds as he comes out to bat.
I've thought before about what my at bat song would be, if I were ever to make it to the majors (just hypothetically, of course). It needs to be something energetic and happy and perhaps even intimidating. Maybe I'd want to update it often, so it's always a new song, but some players have the same song for their entire careers, which is kind of cool for fans because the song really becomes associated with that player. Maybe there's some superstition involved too - if you have a great game using a particular song, you'd probably want to keep that song for a while, and if you hit a slump, it might be time for a change. And the whole song doesn't have to be particularly great, it's ok just to pick a few seconds of the songs intro, if that's what you like. (I'd guess that most ballparks would ban profanity in at bat songs, and force players to either chose a radio edit or a few seconds without profanity.)
(ESPN published this list, last year, of some players and their at bat songs. Although, I think that many of these may be incorrect, or, at least, these song choices were shortlived.)
Anyway, we were at a minor league game, and we noticed that one of the player's at bat songs was
Got my first real six string, Bought it at the five and dime. Played it 'til my fingers bled. Was the summer of '69.
I thought this was a really weird choice of an at bat song. First of all, it's not particularly energetic or intimidating. I guess it's a good summer song, but it's not as if the lyrics make it particularly "inspirational." (Maybe if he had chosen to had it cued to the "Those were the best days of my life" part it would have made more sense?) And, it's Bryan Adams, for crying out loud!
Which led the boyfriend to joke, "Yeah, I heard he wanted to use 'Everything I Do, I Do It For You', but they didn't have the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack."
We also checked the team roster and found that the player with the Bryan Adams song is also the youngest player on the team. Which left us guessing (or, at least, hoping) that maybe his at bat song was picked by his teammates as some sort of prank or initiation.
So, of course, the next question is, what is the funniest at bat song you could come up with, if it were your job to orchestrate a prank? Because I think they could've come up with something even funnier if they really tried...
Come on, join in the fun. What are some other funny choices? (Assuming, of course, that it was meant to be a joke.)