The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't upset the favoured Houston Astros in the World Series. Yordan Alvarez hit the clutch home run with two players on to put Philadelphia away and became the first player in postseason history with multiple go-ahead home runs in 6th or later. The Houston Astros had the best record in the league with 106 wins, strolling through the American League Division Series, kicking out Seattle 3-0. In the Championship series this year, the unstoppable Astros defeated New York Yankees convincingly 4-0, while in the finals, the Astros cruised 4-2 against the Phillies.
On the other side of the bracket, led by superstar Bruce Harper, the Phillies fought through the Wildcard game against St Louis. As a result, they moved past the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series and San Diego in the Championship series.
Most Recognizable Walk-Up Songs in the Postseason
Most fans know the at-bat and pitching schedule for their team. For those who need a little reminder of who is next to come out, walk-up songs are the calling cards and simultaneously a great way to fire up the crowd.
With playoffs being the most important and watched part of the season, many eyes, or in this case, ears, are set to connect players and their favourite beats, and at the 2022 playoffs, hip-hop artists dominated. The one that stood out the most was the Puerto Rican sensation - Bad Bunny. With a sold-out stadium tour in the US, his songs dominated the postseason.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna walked up with his "Titi Me Pregunto," a massive hit with over half a billion YouTube views, playing. New York Yankees Gleyber Torres also gets going with Bad Bunny’s "Despues de la Playa", while two Houston Astros players also love the artist's songs, with Martin Maldonado walking up with "Ojitos Lindos" and Mauricio Dubon with "Efecto."
Steering away from Bad Bunny, Bryce Harper might not have chosen a recent song, but the crowd knows what follows when hearing Moby's "Flower." Fans have ready-made chants following the music, and Harper's performance in these playoffs proved it is a perfect combination for the Phillies. New York Yankee fans also know when to grab their phones when they hear rapper Pop Smoke and his "Hello", as it’s Aaron Judge's "getting-into-the-zone" song, which pumped him up just prior to him breaking Roger Maris's American League home run record with 62 on October 5.
Of course, this wouldn't be MLB without a little bit of drama sprinkled. Creating controversy among Braves and Mets fans, Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet's hit "Narco'' comes into the spotlight as both the New York Mets’ best closer Edwin Diaz, and Braves’ William Contreras use it, getting the fanbases all riled up over the rights. It is a memorable song with an electronic beat and trumpet, giving the crowd an up-tempo boost.
Few Twists in Choices
MLB stadiums often hear songs from the reggaeton star Daddy Yankee. "Bombon," "Azukita," and "Hot" are among the most performed songs. This genre continuously blasts through the venue's speakers, with another example being the Houston Astros star player Alex Bregman, who finds inspiration in "Wanna be a Baller," a song by hip-hop star Lil' Troy, getting Astros fans so excited that they continue chanting even after the music fades. Another hip-hop artist Gunna, who is from Atlanta, is on his home team’s playlist, while Vaughn Grissom has his "Who You Foolin" as a walk-up song.
Some players prefer old rock classics to new Latino and American hip-hop performers, so to spice things up, Led Zeppelin's iconic riffs in "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love" are among the most played walk-up songs we could hear in the postseason. Moving further from the usual, Bregman and other players flirted with country music, walking to the plate with Garth Brooks singing "Callin' Baton Rouge", proving once again that music choices can tell you a lot about the players.
Predicting What the Future Holds
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