For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to recreate some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.
• Athletes: Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves LF; Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays 3B; Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds 2B; Giancarlo Stanton, Florida Marlins RF; Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox RF
• As: Devo on "Freedom of Choice" (1980)
What do you know about Devo?
Evan Longoria: Nothing.
Giancarlo Stanton: I knew “Whip It” but I didn't know Devo sang it. I didn't know anything about them but with the hats and the outfits I just thought it would be funny.
Brandon Phillips: We acted a fool at the shoot, I was very excited, but I was very surprised they asked me to do it because when I looked at the album cover I didn't see no brothers in Devo [laughs]. And I always play against these guys so I thought it would be fun to be a part of it and act a fool.
Longoria: I thought it was going to be fun, the covers of ESPN are pretty iconic, and it's just something fun to be a part of.
Shane Victorino: The personalities make it. When I heard the names of the guys who were involved in this shoot, I immediately knew it was all about fun so I was glad to be a part of it. Look at what we're wearing, this says it all. We look like goofballs.
Justin Upton: I don't know Devo. I did hear that one song, and I guess that's all you need to know! Are they famous for anything else? When they brought me the opportunity I said that sounds really cool but, “Who the hell is Devo?" I think the hat is tight.
Has anyone been in a band before?
Stanton: I was in the choir in high school. I sang.
Longoria: I play the drums and I play them pretty good.
What’s the music situation like in your clubhouse?
Upton: [In Arizona] we try to designate days -- one day it will be country, one day it will be rock, we get some latin music, we get some hip-hop. We try to mix it up. I might get a 30-minute session.
Longoria: We kinda do it the same way where we have designated days, where we throw it into a hat. For me I don't really listen to music before a game but I see guys in the clubhouse do it all the time. Some guys are really hyped up, they need some classical music to get them ready for the game to calm them down and other guys are really low-key that need hip-hop to get them up for the game.
Stanton: If you want to listen to your own music, you pop on your own headphones and get into your zone.
Phillips: We do it by whoever is pitching. We like to let the pitcher get comfortable so we go with what he wants to listen to.
The Playlist: Justin Upton
The Playlist: Evan Longoria
The Playlist: Brandon Phillips
The Playlist: Giancarlo Stanton
The Playlist: Shane Victorino