ESPN Music: Adam Yauch

Mets' lineup honors the late Adam Yauch

May, 5, 2012
Beastie BoysMichael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
The Beastie Boys have always embodied New York, particularly in sports. The death of Adam "MCA" Yauch has led to an outpouring of memories from many fans.

As this story from ESPN New York says:

The Beasties are inexorably linked with the city and its teams, especially those of the '80s and '90s. Coincidentally, the seminal rap album "Licensed to Ill" was released in 1986 -- the same year the bad-boy Mets shocked the Red Sox and the sports world. The album and the team remain two of the most important icons of '80s pop culture in the Big Apple.

On Friday night, to honor Yauch's memory, every Mets hitter changed his walk-up music to a Beastie Boys song. Here was the full listing, and a video showing a few of the players coming to the plate:

Ruben Tejeda - "Intergalactic"
Daniel Murphy - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
David Wright - "Brass Monkey"
Lucas Duda - "The New Style"
Scott Hairston - "Root Down"
Ike Davis - "Fight for Your Right"
Andres Torres - "So Watch'cha Want"
Josh Thole - "Make Some Noise"
Dillon Gee - "Body Movin'"

The Beastie Boys and MCA in video games

May, 4, 2012

Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys registered an impact across the pop culture spectrum, and video games were no exception.

The Beasties were unlockable characters in a 1994 version of "NBA Jam," and again in the 2010 release.

But one of their biggest appearances was in EA Sports' "NBA Street V3" in 2005, where Yauch and the boys were unlocked after winning the 5 Boroughs Tournament or gaining street points.

The game included the Beasties' ode to their hometown, “An Open Letter To NYC” off their 2004 album "To the 5 Boroughs" on the game's soundtrack.

Revisiting Adam Yauch/MCA's hoops doc

May, 4, 2012
Adam YauchBryan Bedder/Getty ImagesAdam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died at age 47 on Friday after a three-year battle with cancer.
It's a sad day: Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys, died Friday at age 47 after a battle with cancer. And while influence surely was most felt in the world of music, Yauch also involved himself in sports.

Most notable: the 2008 documentary "Gunnin' for that #1 Spot," directed and produced by Yauch, which follows eight elite high school basketball players during a tournament at New York's famous Rucker Park. And you might recognize a few of those names: Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler and Lance Stephenson.

Check the trailer and several clips below.

Also see:

• SportsNation's 2008 chat with Yauch | • World of action sports mourns Adam Yauch

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