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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shane Victorino dislikes new MLB rule: Only 15 seconds of intro music allowed

Damn…this will chop off the last second of The Descendents’ “I Like Food”!

The loudspeakers at Fenway Park play a little Bob Marley music to introduce Shane Victorino whenever he comes to bat for the Boston Red Sox. For a lot of major leaguers these days, intro music has become a routine part of the aesthetic experience at the ballpark. A famous example would be Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” played for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, until he retired. Mute the music and it’s still baseball — it’s just a little less cool.

On that note, MLB in 2014 is going to limit, to 15 seconds, the amount of time a “walk-up” song gets to be played. This doesn’t affect sing-a-longs such as “Sweet Caroline,” or “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” or whatever music is played between innings at your local MLB stadium. And, presumably, if your closer wants to have “Enter Sandman” or “Hells Bells” played, they’ll get the full allotment of time. But the walk-up songs, the songs played for every at-bat, they’re about to get cut off like an Oscar’s speech.

For Victorino, that means “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley is going to end before all of the chorus can be sung — which fans at Fenway have taken to doing. It needs at least 20 seconds, probably 25, for the gist to be heard. It might sound silly to someone from, say, Bobby Doerr’s generation, but Victorino thinks the truncated music situation will damage the experience for fans and players.

“Everybody has their own rhythm and way they go about an at-bat,”€ Victorino said. “If over the course of a season there’s a problem then Major League Baseball should tell Mr. So-and-So they’€™re taking way too long between pitches and this needs to stop or fines will come your way. I just don’€™t think everybody across the board has to [punished].”

Repoz Posted: March 25, 2014 at 06:45 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: March 25, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4676991)
Repoz beats me to the "I Like Food" joke.
   2. zenbitz Posted: March 25, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4676992)
But you can play Stormtroopers of Death's magnum opus "Diamonds and Rust" 5 times.
   3. Bruce Markusen Posted: March 25, 2014 at 06:58 PM (#4676993)
How about zero seconds of "walk-up music?" That would solve the problem.
   4. theboyqueen Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM (#4676996)
Napalm Death "You Suffer" 15 times. But seriously, why in the world does there need to be a rule about this?
   5. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:05 PM (#4676997)
This is the first time I've ever been referred to as a member of Bobby Doerr's generation.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:15 PM (#4677000)
I'm pleased to see that we're still winning the war against fun.

On the bright side, all the time we'll save this way might cover for half of a replay review!
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4677002)
This is the first time I've ever been referred to as a member of Bobby Doerr's generation.

The Doerrs suck!
   8. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4677006)
If I were a ballplayer, I would use 15-second excerpts of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", in order, for my first 68 plate appearances.
   9. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: March 25, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4677007)
Don't worry about a thing, Shane. Cause every little thing gonna be alright.
   10. Moeball Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4677011)
I have both "Enter Sandman" and "Hell's Bells" on my IPOD but, to be honest, I find that I listen to "Hell's Bells" much more frequently, but then, I'm in San Diego.

Is this an East Coast/West Coast thing?
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4677013)
You also can't dunk on goalposts anymore.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4677022)
I'm pleased to see that we're still winning the war against fun.


MLB wasn't satisfied with aping the NFL's crappy replay rule, they had to try and ape their No Fun League rules also.

I don't know if 15 seconds is too long, short or whatnot, but I can't think of anytime in my baseball enjoying life, that I thought..."I really wish he would just get up there and bat...what is taking so long" in regards to walking up to bat.

It would have made more sense for the league to issue an edict about stepping out of the batters box in between pitches and forcing everyone to watch that famous Joey Votto bat..
   13. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4677031)
Just like politicians who keep making new laws when the existing laws covering the same issue go unenforced.
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4677037)
MLB actually approved the rule years ago but waited to implement it until St. Mariano of Rivera retired.
   15. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4677044)
I wasn't aware that the walkup music ever went over 15 seconds. That sounds like a long time to me.

As several have already pointed out, MLB is comically missing the target as they clumsily pretend to address growing complaints that there is too much dead time in a baseball game. Instead of telling the batters "stay in the box" they're telling them "get in the box faster" (but not really. I mean seriously, 15 seconds?)
   16. BDC Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4677049)
Sad to say, the best thing about David Murphy's last year in Texas was his walk-up song. ("Take This World and Give Me Jesus.") I took to hoping they'd play more & more of the song and he'd never actually bat.
   17. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4677051)
Maybe MLB is hoping that shorter clips will keep them under the radar for music licensing fees.
   18. theboyqueen Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:34 PM (#4677064)
I have both "Enter Sandman" and "Hell's Bells" on my IPOD but, to be honest, I find that I listen to "Hell's Bells" much more frequently, but then, I'm in San Diego.

Is this an East Coast/West Coast thing?


Given that Hell's Bells is a minor classic and Enter Sandman is a steaming turd I certainly hope not.
   19. Squash Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4677073)
I agree with the Victorinos and Vlads of the world. MLB might be reminded from time to time that it is after all an entertainment product and not curing cancer.
   20. SteveM. Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:03 AM (#4677075)
Nothing can beat going up to the plate with Jimmy Buffett's "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw" as your music.
   21. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:26 AM (#4677081)
Nothing can beat going up to the plate with Jimmy Buffett's "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw" as your music.


Personally I would go with..

Streams of Whiskey by the Pogues or
Goo Goo Muck by the Cramps
   22. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM (#4677086)
Nine inch nails "closer" just use the first line
   23. Select Storage Device Posted: March 26, 2014 at 01:20 AM (#4677088)
Goo Goo Muck by the Cramps


Garbageman ends up hilariously tantalizing at 15sec.

Take out the "Yo, Yo Miami" or "Yo, California" in ODB's "I Can't Wait" and you have a winner too. Or take one of 'em out and sign with the Marlins/rando-Cal-team.
   24. Poster Nutbag Posted: March 26, 2014 at 06:30 AM (#4677102)
15 seconds? Ok...gimmie The Misfits "Last Caress"
   25. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 06:32 AM (#4677103)
I wasn't aware that the walkup music ever went over 15 seconds. That sounds like a long time to me.


It usually doesn't, but sometimes you get a delay from something like a player tying his shoe or a pitcher having a conversation with his catcher, and it would be nice to be able to cover that with something other than awkward silence.
   26. Lassus Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM (#4677117)
Something from Ligeti's "Lux Aeterna". (From "2001" for those unfamiliar.)
   27. zonk Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:15 AM (#4677118)
In my contract year, I would go with Cheap Trick's "He's a Whore"...
   28. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:24 AM (#4677121)
For every Victorino with some kind of fun walk up music there are 10 guys with some random rap song that gets ignored. If I don't get Three Little Birds this year I'll be bummed out but I don't think we really lose that much here.
   29. Rob_Wood Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:35 AM (#4677124)

Anybody got Wooly Bully?
   30. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4677134)
If any players are looking for inspiration they could start here.
   31. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4677165)
The complete lyrics to the Mentally Ill's "Tumor Boy" -- "Hospital bed's freezing cold/Rug on the floor don't help me at all/If you see on the streets, don't laugh at me/I'm just a tumor boy" -- should fit nicely inside 15 seconds.
   32. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 26, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4677172)
Dogs Barking Jingle Bells
   33. winnipegwhip Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4677184)
The intro of "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown would be my music if I was a hard throwing closer.
   34. bunyon Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4677193)
It's a silly rule but, "awkward silence"? Is not having music or games blaring over loudspeakers actually awkward?

Am I really that old? I don't feel it.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4677200)
It usually doesn't, but sometimes you get a delay from something like a player tying his shoe or a pitcher having a conversation with his catcher, and it would be nice to be able to cover that with something other than awkward silence.


I am also kind of amazed at this comment. I LOVE silence at the ballpark. Of course silence isn't really science, it's baseball sounds, which are beautiful. Even the guy yelling "peanuts!" several sections over.
   36. billyshears Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4677204)
Does this mean We Didn't Start the Fire is going to cut off before Joe DiMaggio? How could major league baseball disrespect a great Yankee like that?
   37. zonk Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4677205)
It's a silly rule but, "awkward silence"? Is not having music or games blaring over loudspeakers actually awkward?


I bet you're one of those people that disapproves when the PA plays Mellancamp's "Hurts so Good" whenever a player is lying prone on the field due to an injury...
   38. Dale Sams Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4677208)
I agree with the Victorinos and Vlads of the world. MLB might be reminded from time to time that it is after all an entertainment product and not curing cancer.


I stood up for nothing?
   39. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4677248)
It's a silly rule but, "awkward silence"? Is not having music or games blaring over loudspeakers actually awkward?


If you don't play music at all before the at-bat, that's fine.

If you play 15 seconds of a song, cut it off in mid-phrase, and then have silence for while one guy putzes with a thing and everyone else stands around, that's awkward. I would have thought the distinction was obvious.
   40. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4677251)
15 seconds? Just take Jay Black hitting that note in "Cara Mia" and loop it so it plays twice.
   41. PreservedFish Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4677267)
If you play 15 seconds of a song, cut it off in mid-phrase, and then have silence for while one guy putzes with a thing and everyone else stands around, that's awkward. I would have thought the distinction was obvious.


I don't see this as awkward.
   42. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4677281)
I'd just offer Shane a tradeoff: You get to hear your full God Save The Queen introduction, but then you can't leave the batter's box until you put a ball in play. Deal?
   43. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4677285)
I LOVE silence at the ballpark. Of course silence isn't really science, it's baseball sounds, which are beautiful. Even the guy yelling "peanuts!" several sections over.

Even with a large crowd at Tiger Stadium, you could often hear the batter talking to the umpire or the catcher from the first rows of the upper deck. And during batting practice you could hear the crack of the bat echoing off of all the distant walls. IMO that was what the sounds of a ballpark should be like, not some cheesy pop music that you can hear anywhere.
   44. zonk Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4677288)
I can't help but think this is all Nancy Faust's fault...
   45. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4677336)
Luke Scott or someone like him will choose 4'33" as his intro music and covertly tell them to play it for his entire at-bat. Because freedom.
   46. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4677367)
One of the world's true geniuses posted '4'33"' on YouTube a few years back, but with that violation banner saying that the track's audio had been disabled due to an infringement claim.
   47. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4677397)
As an IP lawyer, I love that on many levels.
   48. boteman Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4677593)
As an IP lawyer

I have some oceanfront intellectual property to sell ya.

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