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Issue Date: July 2008


Rock Bond


Emily Ouzts
If you’ve ever stomped your feet to Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in the bleacher section at Progressive Field, you know that rock ’n’ roll is the heartbeat of our national pastime.

To celebrate that connection, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is featuring sports memorabilia and displays on baseball-associated songs such as Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” in its exhibit,Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks!Open now through Sept. 28, the exhibit examines the tie between baseball and rock ’n’ roll — two deeply rooted American traditions.

“They’re both a pop culture phenomenon,” explains assistant curator Meredith Rutledge. “Exploring the relationship between the two deepens the understanding of our culture.”

Baseball’s tie to music in general reaches far back into the history of the game. “Baseball was first identified as ‘America’s pastime’ in a song,” Rutledge says, adding that some popular piano music from the early 1900s was written about baseball.

Today, rock’s relationship to baseball is as strong as ever. It’s used to energize fans and accompanies batters on their walks to home plate. Here’s the music that gets some of our Indians pumped for a big game.

Victor Martinez
Favorite artist:
Mexican band Maná, Linkin Park, Metallica and Motley Crüe, George Strait, Bruce Springsteen and Metallica .
Home plate song:
“Todo Comenzó Bailando,” by Frankie Ruiz

Travis Hafner
“Du Hast,” by Rammstein

Hot Mix


Got that techno song that accompanies Franklin Gutierrez’s walks to home plate stuck in your head? We do, too. Just for fun, we asked Ryan Pritt, the audio coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, to list the songs that Tribe batters and pitchers request accompany their appearance on field:

Grady Sizemore
“The Trance Is The Motion” by Static X

Ryan Garko
“The Boss” by Rick Ross
“When You Were Young” by the Killers

Ben Francisco
“Rock Boyz” by Jay-Z
“Made You Look” by Nas

David Dellucci
“Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth
“Devil's Dance” by Metallica
The Godfather Theme Song

Jamey Carroll
“Superhero” by Jane's Addiction
“Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp
“Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band

Kelly Shoppach
“Come With Me” by Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page
“Save A Horse” by Big and Rich

Franklin Gutierrez
“Love Is Gone” by David Guetta

Fausto Carmona
“Stronger” by Kanye West

Jake Westbrook
“Small Town” by John Mellencamp

Jeremy Sowers
“Driver's Seat” by D.H.T.
“Pot Kettle Black” by Wilco

Paul Byrd
“Shine” by Collective Soul

Cliff Lee
“Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by the Smashing Pumpkins
“Rocket” by the Smashing Pumpkins

Rafael Perez
“Lo Que Paso, Paso” by Daddy Yankee

Aaron Laffey
“Breathe Into Me” by R.E.D.

Jhonny Peralta
Nothing. Jhonny prefers silence


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