The New York Yankees Remix

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Flawless combining of sports and music. (Used under a creative common license from flickr user vtooky)

Sports have a lot in common with music.

First off, it’s easy to get over-invested. You love a band? Suddenly, you’re seeing three of their shows in a row, driving up and down the state and maybe into (shudder) Massachusetts. You might be listening to the same album over and over again. Likewise, I’m sure plenty of Yankees fans are going to Boston, DC, Queens, and Baltimore to check out your team. Also, there’s the fact we end up watching these guys play the same game 162+ times. That’s a lot to watch the same damn thing. I think we’re all crazy.

Additionally, there is nothing more pointless than arguing either music or sports with your friends. Your friend is Mets fan? Get new friends, but first, try to convince them to be a Yankees fan. Sadly, futile. Meanwhile, your friend likes that band you hate? There is no way they will ever tell you it’s not the best thing they’ve ever listened to. Meanwhile, you will make an equal fool of yourself singing in your cubicle or talking avidly about your fantasy team. (Hint: No one cares about your fantasy team.)

With this, I present Yankees as songs from my iPod.

Derek Jeter as “The Lightning Strike,” by Snow Patrol

There are lots of great things that Jeter presents: as a baseball player, he’s really good, really consistent, determined, disciplined, and talented. As a front presented to the media, he’s calm, with no surprises and no big crises; he doesn’t get into trouble, and as a result he doesn’t ever have to wiggle out of it. Jeter’s the golden boy, as everyone knows.

“The Lightning Strike” off A Hundred Million Suns, gives the listener all these things. Not only does it match Jeter’s lengthy career (the song has four parts and combines for a whopping 16:18 in play time), but the song starts with an intriguing intro before being played with a dramatic flare through all four parts. It even comes with a part around 9:35 where you thought it was over, but then you realize there’s a lot more to go. Despite the dramatic notes, there’s no surprises – gravitas is the norm, like Jeter, and there’s no random cymbal banging or screaming guitar solos where you didn’t expect them. The song ends leaving the listening feeling fulfilled, like this whole story was written and told perfectly, and couldn’t have been any other way, and when Jeter’s career is over… well, how could it have been any better? Ain’t no one out there like El Capitan.

David Robertson as “Don’t Stop Me Now,” by Queen

In the Non-Mariano Rivera division of things that happen in baseball games, is there anything that made you feel more secure in 2011 than David Robertson? The man was flat-out amazing on the mound in relief, and as such I think he’s worthy of such a great song.

Quite frankly, no one could have stopped Robertson, both last year and ’11, and even with a little regression he’d still be a downright amazing reliever. He had a real good time. He felt alive. He was floating around in ecstasy.

You get the point.

While there was usually a tenseness that came with Robertson’s appearance, they almost always ended in the impossible-to-frown-at cheeriness that also accompanies this song. Both the song and his at-bats tended to follow an easy routine: he throws fastballs, and curveballs, and strike guys out. Meanwhile, the song, like the baseball season, becomes bigger both in terms of leverage and Freddie Mercury’s voice, and Robertson still has it in the bag. With his strikeout rate’s rocket ship already reached Mars, he’s going to make a supersonic man out of you. By that, I mean he’s going to embarrass you with his pitches and make you ashamed as you walk back to your dugout.

Whether you think 200 degrees means the heat on his fastball or the break of his offspeed pitches, it was all enough to earn him a pretty awesome nickname (sadly, not Mr. Fahrenheit).

(Shameless Plug: I did a Yankees year in review video to this song.)

Phil Hughes as “Vida La Vida” by Coldplay

Phil Hughes used to be everything. He was the future. He was brilliance. He was the next 6-year-100M contact. He was the Yankees’ pride and joy. He was the kind of guy you ran off to get the jersey of, the one you knew was gonna mean everything.

But that was when he ruled the world.

These days, Hughes is but a shadow of the flawless prospect we imagined him as. Injuries and ineffectiveness have kicked him down from the position, and he’s gone from being The Future to fighting for a rotation spot. Given as how entertaining the “Phil Hughes is Fat” jokes can sometimes be, there’s a good chance that even if he returns to form, they’ll persist, and that possibility is even greater if he doesn’t. Both Hughes and Coldplay tell stories about rising and falling from power, and how easy it can be. After all, baseball’s almost as difficult as ruling a country, I bet.

While the song ends on a morbid, depressing note, I’m hoping Phil can break the trend here and get himself together in 2012. It wouldn’t be legitimately awful for him to end up as a reliever, but it does seem a little a let-down when he was so good in the first half in 2010. That seems far away now, doesn’t it?

Anyway, because this is music, I’m sure there will be many differing opinions on song choice. And because this is sports, I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me. That’s what the comments are for.

(I shamelessly modified this idea from where Friend of the Blog Rebecca Glass discusses the Yankees as mythical creatures. Derek Jeter is a unicorn.)

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  • Rebecca

    Always happy to inspire, especially when the result is awesome :)

    I would also add that Mariano is hand el’s Messiah.

    • Bo Knows

      Are you going to do a part 2?

  • Darren

    Jeter = “No Surrender” by Bruce, since he never gives up.

    Mo= “Mind Blowin” by The D.O.C., cause that’s what he is.

    Burnett- “Puddle Dive” by Ani Difranco. Speaks for itself.

    A-Rod – “Horses” by Patti Smith (centaur reference)

    Posada – “The Warrior” by Sacandal feat. Patti Smyth. Forget O’Neill, Jorge was the true warrior

    Stankiwewicz – “I love you Period” by the dude from Georgia Satllites. Because his name is long, or something.

  • Bernie

    With this small sample size it looks like you have the wort taste in music possible…

    • Bo Knows

      Wow way to sound like a hipster. I guess your list are full of obscure bands that are “too good to be mainstream”

      • Mister Delaware

        Why couldn’t he be a huge country fan or a huge jazz fan? Hipsters aren’t the only ones who dislike other people’s music.

        • Bo Knows

          I’m a rap and r&b fan, doesn’t mean I think these bands are the worst groups period. That “I know better/my taste is more refined” attitude is synonymous with the hipster.

      • G

        Yeah I hate Coldplay and Snow Patrol too but what an asinine comment to make.

        Calling him a hipster is a bit ridiculous, like others have said he could be a jazz or classical fan, but he’s being an ass regardless.

        • Bo Knows

          So its ok to call him an ass but I break out the h-word, its bad…gotcha

          • G

            It’s making an assumption that may or may not be true. He may not like the bands, but it could be for reasons other than being a hipster.

            However calling him an ass is not assumption, it’s true. Not sure why I need to explain this.

    • Sayid J.

      Don’t know what’s so wrong with those 3 bands… don’t love them, but never heard anyone hate on all 3 of them…

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      I tell her this pretty much every day.

  • Professor Longnose

    Nobody cares about my fantasy team?!?

    • ryan

      I care!

  • Monterowasdinero

    No song for Jesus?

  • PinedaColada

    Can Pineda be – Put the lime in the coconut ?

    • Kevin Ocala, Fl

      To remove this belly-ache?

  • Kiko Jones

    I may have said so here at one point but I’ll say it again: Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” is so Broadway musical-cheesy, I don’t understand how people equate it with sports. It could’ve been the soundtrack to that old SNL skit in which Bill Murray leads the “Men’s Jazz Dancing Ensemble”. Ugh.

  • Craig Maduro

    Robinson Cano – “Imma Boss” by Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross

  •!/czm93 Craig

    Brett Garder, Run Like Hell or

  • Kevin Ocala, Fl

    Not a whole hell of a long list that contains pitchers that started out great, and then just got better. Why this morbid talk about Hughes? He may very well tank,but plenty of pitchers his age suddenly figure out their delivery and become more cerebral in their pitching. He should be given every chance to earn a rotation spot. I just have a feeling….

    • Monterowasdinero

      Hooked on a feeling?

      • Kevin Ocala, Fl

        I’m high on believing….

  • Jonathan

    Obviously stealing from Mike but CC is:

    “Big Poppa”. (aka Big Stoppa)

    I’m not a rap fan and it’s obvious.

  • G

    AJ Burnett- “F*** You” by Cee Lo Green

    The lyrics hardly relate to him, but the title works well. He seems like a good guy and I’m always rooting for him, but after pretty much every one of hs starts I find myself saying that.