Walk up songs give Mariners the winning edge

It may be the ultimate home field advantage, Inspiring Mariners hitters with their own walk-up songs.

To get Robinson Cano in the home run hitting mood, he likes to hear Dominican dembow star El Alfa .

Third baseman Kyle Seager hopes country artist  David Nail's "Night's On Fire" will light up his bat

And for Nelson Cruz, the walk up song of choice is "Soldado" --a Christian song --by Latin superstar Juan Luis Guerra.

“I think it is to remind me who's the most important thing in life,” says Cruz. “And God is first you know?”

From a room overlooking Safeco Field, Gregg Greene can bring nearly 50-thousand fans to their feet with just the click of a mouse. He is one of the members of the Mariners staff who play the walk up songs.

“Baseball players are all about superstition and repetition,” says Greene. “Hearing that music when they come to the plate every time is really important to them.”

Most players come up with their walk-up songs during Spring Training. Each one offers a glimpse into a player’s personality.

Left fielder Seth Smith's jam is “Captured” by The Digital Age.

“It's a song that speaks to my faith in Christ,” says Smith. “It's got a good beat too.”

Some players let the Mariners choose their walk up song.

“One of our current favorites right now that I know is a fan favorite is playing the old Harry Belafonte record "Day-O" for Dae Ho Lee.” Says Greene.

Pitchers get walk up songs as they head out to the mound. Greene claims he knows every pitcher's theme by heart. And when I quizzed him, he got them all:

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song -Taijuan Walker.

RUN-DMC's "Down with the King" - Felix Hernandez

ZZ Top's "La Grange" - Nate Karns.

Winning is apparently infectious throughout the Mariners organization

“We'll keep listening to what they're playing in the club house to see if there's an anthem that comes out this season,” says Greene. “We’ll share it with the fans and play in the ballpark and carry us all the way to the post season hopefully.”

Copyright 2016 KING


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