A Guide To Recognizing Your Commodores
I’ve been otherwise preoccupied the last couple weeks, but the final portion of my season preview (which you can read here) and the Week Behind, Week Ahead series will continue soon. In the meantime, I received a special treat from America’s top Baseball Ops guy, Drew Fann. Fann sent over the definitive list of walk-up songs in use for the 2013 Vanderbilt Baseball season. In conjunction with some requests I’ve received to provide a primer to the Twitter hashtags associated with each player, I present a guide to recognizing your Dores.
Click on through to give a read.
For those unfamiliar with the basics, each player is permitted the right to select a song that will play in short form (for when they come to bat) or longer form (for when they are warming while entering the game as a pitcher). Some folks choose wisely (like Tony Kemp), while some are Jared Miller (much love for you, JMills, but Taylor Swift is not acceptable).
With respect to the hashtags, there is a spirited universe of Vanderbilt baseball fans who follow the team on twitter. In addition to the main and @VandyBaseball account which provides regular updates, folks can follow local media personalities like @ChrisLee70 of VandySports, @JeffLockridge of the Tennessean and @JeromeBoettcher of the Nashville City Paper. Or you can follow the hashtag friendly stylings of me (@VUHawkTalk), @____Stu____ and @VUGymRat. While the more official guys eschew the use of hashtagged nicknames, some of us indulge in the name game.
Hashtags are also used for in-game action. The most common example of that is the #VanderBunt, a reflection of our proclivity to lay down the less tasteful straight sacrifice and the more aggressive bunt-for-hit. The greatly enjoyable alternative to this is the #VanderSqueeze, perfected by such folks as Connor Harrell, Jack Lupo and Mike Yastrzemski. A recent nominee is #GrandTheftCommo, for our often double- and sometimes triple-steals. But now for the players. We’ll include the twitter handles of the players, where available.
So let’s break down the players:
Walk-out: “Shout” by the Isley Brothers
Hashtags: #Beedah, #YoungBeedah
Walk-out: “Stronger” by Kante West
Walk-out: “Paradise” by Coldplay
Hashtags: #BigPat, #Diddy
Walk-out: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
Hashtags: #KingFergus, #TDawg
Walk-out: “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes
Hashtags: #4×4 (by teammate Phil Pfeifer, reference Freshman Roommate Challenge video)
Walk-out: “Ready 4 War” by Daniz
Hashtags: #DancingBear, #ConradTheTerrible, #NotGreekGodOfWalks
Walk-out: “College” by Pat Green
Walk-out: “Joyful Noise” by Flame featuring Lecrae
Hashtags: #BooBoo (reference to older brother Brian’s #Ouch)
Hashtags: #KemperFi, #ClarkKemp the #ManOfSteal
Walk-out: Sail (LED Remix) by AWOLNATION
Walk-out: ”Rodeo” by Garth Brooks
Walk-out: ”Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
Hashtags: #Luper, #TimmyLupus
Hashtags: #McK, #OneDirection
Walk-out: ”Keep Your Eyes Open” by Need to Breath
Hashtags: #Dramamine, #BMills
Hashtags: #BiggerUnit, #JMills
Walk-out: ”This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
Hashtags: #Spencie, #HeHatesTheseCans
Walk-out: “When It Rains, It Pours” by 50 Cent
Walk-out: “Snapbacks and Tatoos” by Driicky Graham
Hashtags: #22Pflag, #LittleBallOfHate
Walk-out: ”B.O.B.” by Outkast
Walk-out: “Some Nights” by Fun
Hashtags: #LilSebastian, #RiceBalls
Walk-out (Batting): “Ambition” by Wale featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross
Walk-out (Pitching): “Midnight City” by M83
Hashtags: Undetermined (Nominee: #AsItIsWritten)
Twitter: @LieutenantDans7 (formerly @ThatManDans)
Hashtags: #Dans, #Smoooove
Walk-out: “Waiting” by Young Jeezy
Hashtags: #TheProfessor, #Equistadore
Walk-out: “Big Screen” by Wiz Khalifa
EDIT: Wilson had a stroke of good taste in swapping out walk-outs after week three to Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Track vs. Martin Rework Mix).
Hashtags: #OmegaMan #BostonMassacurve
Nominees for best taste in walk up songs and those in need of a Mulligan
Best Taste – Tony Kemp, “Switch Lanes” by Tyga featuring the Game
Best Taste – Spencer Navin, “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
Best Taste – Kyle Smith, “Midnight City” by M83
Mulligan – Will Cooper, “Paradise” by Coldplay
Mulligan – Joel McKeithan, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Mulligan – Jared Miller, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
Honorable Mentions: Tyler Ferguson, Conrad Gregor, Jack Lupo, TJ Pecoraro, Steven Rice, Mike Yastrzemski
Agree, disagree? Post your favorites below.