The Mets have had their share of notable walk-up songs from their hitters over the last few years—perhaps some of the most enjoyable this side of Josh Reddick. Four glorious seasons of the eclectic entrance music stylings of Curtis Granderson, a captain with the swag to strut to the dish to New Kids on the Block, and, of course, one that inspired holding up a stuffed animal pre at-bat. Which leaves the 2018 roster with a lot to live up to—on the field and over the loudspeaker.
While there were some familiar touches—including Jay Bruce appropriately reintroducing himself with Jay-Z and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores reminding us of his sitcom loyalties—most players seemed to go with a new season, new walk-up music approach. While there might have been a questionable choice or two—Sinatra goes over a little better on the other side of the Whitestone, Todd—the walk-up music added to the Opening Day fun yesterday. Or maybe everything sounds good when your hitters knock out 12 hits and plate nine runs.
Some of these are likely subject to change following, say, a weeklong slump. If we’re lucky, one may call to mind a Queens star as El Esta Aqui once did Carlos Beltran. But for now—with many thanks to Shazam and Citi Field’s ridiculously loud sound system—here are the songs you might find stuck in your head as you watch your 2018 Mets, presented in (Mickey Callaway’s Opening Day lineup) order, just in case you don’t believe in shuffle:
Brandon Nimmo: Fear is a Liar, Zach Williams
Yoenis Cespedes: Quiereme, Jacob Forever
Jay Bruce: Public Service Announcement, Jay-Z
Asdrubal Cabrera: Dura, Daddy Yankee
Todd Frazier: Fly Me To The Moon, Frank Sinatra
Adrian Gonzalez: El Mariachi Loco, Mariachi Vasquez Medellin
Kevin Plawecki: Ignition, R. Kelly
(hidden bonus track: mound entrance to Thunderstruck, AC/DC)
Amed Rosario: Vamos Amanacer, Secreto el Famoso Bieberon