08/19/2008 4:19 PM ET
@-bat music: Kansas City Royals
Hard rock, hip-hop and humor at Kauffman Stadium
By Doug Miller and Mark Dent / MLB.com
The Kansas City Royals are a young team with a lot of potential, and we're not just talking about their baseball skills. The Royals have an eclectic taste in music, which can be seen and heard any time you visit their beautiful home park of Kauffman Stadium. Up and down the lineup, you'll find walk-up gems with personal meaning to each player
Mark Teahen, for example, comes to the plate to a song recorded by former Royals pitcher Jose Lima. Yes, "Lima Time" himself recorded some music, and while it might not win the affable retired right-hander any Grammys any time soon, at least his legacy is honored by a onetime teammate.
MLB.com/Entertainment has been getting to the bottom of the Major League tradition of walk-up music all season long by going from clubhouse to clubhouse and soliciting cutting-edge commentary from the players, the organizational brass, and some of the best music critics in the business. Song choices will change over the course of the 2008 campaign for various -- and often superstitious -- reasons, but rest assured that we'll feature the songs straight from the players' plate play lists at press time.
Here is the Royal roundup:
Mitch Maier, CF
Song: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica; "Machine Head" by Bush
Maier: "Back when I started using entrance songs, back in college, those are the ones I liked and I've just kind of stuck with them. I've always used one or the other. Back when I was in college they were popular songs and I just liked them."
Mark Teahen, RF
Song: "Want Your Body" by Jose Lima
Teahen: "My rookie year, I was coming on to a bunch of music I actually liked and I wasn't hitting much, so then Jose Lima had his CD and would always play it in the locker room, so I kind of liked it and decided to come out to it. Then I started hitting. It started off as a joke and I just kind of stuck with it and I like it."
Jose Guillen, LF
Song: "Say Hello" by Jay-Z
Guillen: "Just trying to pick a song to match myself, but the people who pretty much don't know the game and stuff think, 'Here we go again, that's the bad guy right there.' So it's kind of similar to what a lot of people think. But the people who know baseball and know Jose Guillen really well, they know the other side. It's kind of fun music."
Billy Butler, DH
Songs: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson; "Click Click Boom" by Saliva; "Simple Man" by Charlie Daniels
Butler: "(The Saliva and Charlie Daniels songs), that's just something that gets me pumped up. 'Thriller' is something that Mark Teahen gave me. He gave me that nickname and told me I should use it."
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.