July 12, 2012


Yankees & Mets Players Tell Us Their Pump-Up Jams

Fuse recently caught up with players for the New York Yankees and Mets to find out what songs they play to get pumped up for games, what's spinning in the clubhouse and how they pick their walk-up songs. As Derek Jeter told us, "Music does play a role with most athletes when they get ready to play." Here's what everyone from R.A. Dickey to Curtis Granderson had to say.

Mets third baseman David Wright: "It depends what mood I'm in. If I'm in a pumped up, celebratory mood, probably hip hop.… If I'm in a more relaxed mood I can go country or Sinatra. I'm a chameleon, I guess. For my walk up music, I have three younger brothers and I let them each pick a song… so I'm not responsible for bad walk up songs."

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey: "The style of music I like doesn't really get me fired up. I like classical music, contemporary opera. I like Adele, Josh Groban and a lot of scores for movies."

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia: "E-40, Rick Ross, Jay-Z and whatever I'm feeling when I drive in." He also admitted, "There's a few people not allowed to touch the radio [in the dugout], but no names."

Yankees Center-Fielder Curtis Granderson: "For Batter's Box music I always try to do something I know nobody else is going to do, something where I know I can get a little reaction out of the fans, whether it be a laugh, a giggle, whatever. I had Color Me Badd's 'I Wanna Sex You Up,' that probably got the biggest reaction. In the clubhouse, I seem to be the DJ. I do 'Way Back Wednesdays' where we do a lot of old school music, I do 'Slow It Down Sundays' where we do a lot of Jodeci, Boyz II Men. Different things that keep the momentum changing."

For the full interview, watch the video above.