Huh? Yeah. When I was in college, I was a member of the Vanderbilt Marching Band. One of our more notorious band members was a guy named Ray. Everyone has a friend -- or knows someone like -- Ray. Ray is that guy with the really loud voice who can be heard over everyone heckling the referees but who doesn't necessarily have the best grasp of the rules of the game. So rather than yelling about something like whether a lineman is getting held on a pass rush, Ray would just yell one of two things: "Hey Ref, you need Gatorade because your calls are as weak as water" or "Hey Ref, You Suck!"
He was a real wordsmith.
Within the band, there was a group of guys who attended Belmont University (side note: yep, Vandy's Marching Band really was the marching band of Vandy, Belmont, David Lipscomb University and Trevecca Nazarene College...we wouldn't have had enough people otherwise, I think) who were a little bit older than most folks in the band. By that, I mean they were 23 or 24 and not 18 or 19. They liked Ray a lot but enjoyed making fun of him as well. So, they appropriated MC Hammer's song "Pray" and turned it into "Ray!" We need a Ray, just to make it today...
Anyway, long intro just to give you a frightening look into how my brain plays word association and turns it into the first chapter of "The Sound and the Fury" -- you know, the part of the book that was the tale told by an "idiot"?
So, getting back to why I have a blog, here are the highlights from the cards that Ray sent to me...highlighted by music, of course.
According to this website, Jeromy Burnitz used the song "Blurry" by Puddle of Mudd as a walk-up song at least one time during the 2002 season. Ray was kind enough to send me six Burnitz cards that I needed either for my player collection or my team collection:
"Got a Machine head, it's better than the rest, green to red, machine head." Cirillo used this song, according to this list, during the 2008 season while employed by the Minnesota Twins. Maybe he used its first few lyrics to remind himself to "breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in...."
To be fair, I really liked this song when it first came out in 1995. By 2008, though, I was a little bit tired of it.
I'm not tired of getting Cirillo's cards for my collection though, and Ray sent me this one that goes into my team collection:
Using that same list as the one from Cirillo, it appears that Geoff Jenkins really liked Jay-Z in 2008. He used two songs as his walk-up music: "Dig A Hole" and "30 Something." Can't really fault him for using either song, to be fair. Jay-Z had his fastball then. He's good now, but he's more of a junkballer now, if you know what I mean.
Before 2008 and according to a now-available-in-archives only page that used to be on ESPN's Page 3, Jenkins used Usher's "Yeah!" So, Jay-Z was an upgrade.
Ray sent me two Jenkins cards from Jenkins's prime.
I couldn't find anything talking about his walk-up music or any other music he likes. So, here's what we get instead:
Because I like Cypress Hill and liked listening to them back in college too.
Here's the Dave Nilsson card that Ray sent to me for my player collection:
According to this forum posting, Manny Parra and Ben Sheets both used "Welcome Home" by Coheed + Cambria as their intro music at various points in their respective careers. Personally, I never liked Coheed + Cambria. They sounds to me like a Rush tribute band using guitars instead of keyboards. And, while I like Rush and all, I am hardly what you'd call a superfan of their music.
I am a superfan of getting cards like these, though:
Lots of great early 2000s Donruss there!
Finally, there's Jose Valentin. These two songs came once again from the same list as the Geoff Jenkins music. During his final seasons in the majors, Valentin played with the New York Mets. During at least one of those years, he used either of these two songs by Don Omar -- "Salio El Sol" (the top video) and "Reggaeton Latino". I'd not heard these songs before, but they are decent, I think.
Just like Circa Thunder from 1998 is pretty decent.
Actually, no, Circa Thunder is not decent. These colors on a card with that "Valentin" down the side is godawful terrible. I really don't like the color orange -- every college team that wears orange (Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Virginia) are all evil in varying shades of evilness. This card reminds me of why I don't like orange.
But, it shows a Brewers player so I have to have it. And since it shows a guy in a player collection, I had to have two -- and now, thanks to Ray, I do.
Thanks a lot for the great cards!