here is my entry for the twins print contest. the idea is very simple: vote on your favorite at-bat music from the following list of twins (with links to listen):
1. jacque jones, 2005: "game over" by lil' flip, u gotta feel me 2004. when the angels were in town last weekend, torii hunter had this to say about jacque: "He's changed. For the better. He's way more mature. He's humbled." jones is currently hitting .274/.317/.381for rochester, so i think we can say its unlikely he'll get another shot at the big's this year. but here's hoping jacque's still "connected like dub and Mach-10 with ice cubes in my watch"
The game over, 'cause shit about to change over
It's 'bout time 'cause hip-hop need a make over (But you don't hear me)
Most producers want to charge too much
But around my way that's how you get fucked up (But you don't hear me)
You might think we all beats and rhymes
But way before this rap shit, nigga, the streets was mine (But you don't hear me)
I got that hot shit, that "Thug Life" 'Pac shit
That get hot shit, that B.I.G. "Ready to Die" shit
2. jason kubel, 2010: sabotage, by beastie boys, ill communication 1994. i don't know about you, but nothing evokes images of aging new york jew rap-punks like the sight of jason kubel's thinning neck beard. interestingly, kubel originally requested "super villain" by powerman 5000 in spring training from twins' music director kevin dutcher, but changed his mind after seeing a hypnotist to help him cope with the spring training heat put on by the left-handed likes of jim thome, justin morneau, and joe mauer (so they say...). in any case, i think the change was for the better, because the beastie boys, in their own words, can rock a party till your hair turns gray.
And We Can Bet So Don't You Get Souped Yet
You're Scheming On A Thing That's A Mirage
I'm Trying To Tell You Now It's Sabotage
Why; Our Backs Are Now Against The Wall
Listen All Of Y'all It's A Sabotage
3. corey koskie, 2004: tom sawyer by rush, moving pictures 1981. be it snatching a hot shot down the line or blasting a ball over left field wall, rush's canadian music always seemed prescient to the softspoken canadian 3rd basemen's play. to me, koskie composed himself like a guy who fixed his sights firmly on winning a world series, a true professional. no, his mind is not for rent, to any god or government -but it is highly susceptible to concussion, sadly. so, here's to corey koskie, for the memories that we can only hope are still intact.
Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you
4. matthew lecroy, 2004:"the south's gonna do it again," by charlie daniels band, super hits 1989. What can you say about country music? it certainly evidences a blissful, oft-brokenhearted people. and perhaps no better example of a man exists than lecroy, who could be counted on to give 100%, even if his best wasn't always good enough. but it wasn't always this way- lecroy originally came out to the "The Sopranos" theme ("Woke up This Morning" by Alabama 3). kevin dutcher, twins music director, saw that lecroy's poor performance wasn't matching his potential, and unilaterally instituted the daniels' tune himself haflway through the season. The first night lecroy came out to the song, he went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and finished the 2004 season with a respectable .269/.321/.424.the song stuck.
So gather 'round, gather 'round chillun'
Get down, well just get down chillun'
Get loud, well you can be loud and be proud
Well you can be proud, hear now
Be proud you're a rebel
'Cause the South's gonna do it again and again