The New York Yankees got their start in the early 20th century when their first incarnation played in Baltimore, notably under the team name Orioles. The team moved to NYC just a few years later and took the field for the first time under a new name: The New York Highlanders.
The team is now known as the Yankees, of course, and thousands of fans flock to the “new” Yankee Stadium for each game. The stadium was built across the street from the site of the original stadium – The House That Ruth Built – in 2009. The Yankees have been the world champs a whopping 27 times, which is by far the most in MLB history. In fact, it more than doubles the No. 2 spot on the world champs list (the St. Louis Cardinals, with 11 wins).
In addition to tons of gameday entertainment, the stadium pops out a song each time a home-team player strolls up to the batter’s box. This boosts the stadium’s energy, which both the fans and players feed upon. Read on to learn which beats get the Yankees going.
Beats in the Bronx
The Yankees’ player selections for walk-up songs are as varied as the athletes themselves, but fans note that there is plenty of hip-hop to be found. The next most popular genre is Christian and gospel, followed by alternative, country, R&B and soul, reggae, and rock.
New York is basically the hip-hop capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that many player favorites are hip-hop tracks. Mark Teixeira chose “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., a classic ’80s number by the popular trio out of Queens. Jacoby Ellsbury is a fan of successful hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who hails from Brooklyn. Didi Gregorius chose another native New Yorker – Notorious B.I.G., whose self-titled tune belts out from Yankee Stadium’s sound system when Gregorius steps up to the plate.
Hip-hop may rule New York, but there are plenty of other genres at the stadium too. Christian artists have some playing time at Yankee Stadium; third baseman Chase Headley uses two different Christian rock anthems as his walk-up selections, including “Take My Life” by Jeremy Camp and “Surrender” by Third Day. Right-hand pitcher Kirby Yates goes reggae, with Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” as his selection. Outfielder Brett Gardner draws on his Southern roots with Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels” ringing through the stadium as he steps up to the plate, and pitcher Anthony Swarzak turns to supergroup Audioslave and their alternative tune “Cochise” for inspiration.
Turn It Up
Although the Yanks’ players have different tastes, they all agree that the right tune can really get them in the mood to blast one out of the park. From old-school hip-hop and reggae to Christian and modern rock supergroups, multiple genres get the players pumped. If you want to get electrified, crank some walk-up tunes and get your Yankees gear at Fanatics.com, where we definitely have you covered.