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Boston's music pranks amp up Rays rivalry

May, 31, 2012
Boston Red Sox Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesWho knew the Rays-Red Sox rivalry could get so chippy so soon in the teams' relative history?
I think it’s fair to say that everyone’s pretty satisfied with the rivalry between the Rays and the Red Sox right now. How it’s grown since 2008! This weekend’s series brought us a bench-clearing almost-brawl, Bobby Valentine taking salty jabs at Maddon & Co and a deliciously catty bit of drama involving the pregame warm-up music that largely went under the radar.

Here’s what happened.

B.J. Upton, annoyed with Fenway’s custom of cutting off music during batting practice, ran an extension cord from the dugout and bumped his own jams from a boombox before Saturday’s game. The folks in the booth didn’t take kindly to the insubordination, so they started blaring organ music to spoil the fun. Then, before Sunday’s game, the Fenway PA system played "Fur Elise" and other classical tunes during BP -- the kind of stuff that could deplete the Rays of energy or lull Don Zimmer’s giant baby head into a deep sleep.

The two teams don’t face again until July, when the Sox make the trip down to Florida. In the meantime, I’d expect the Tampa sound guys to devise some sort of retaliation to up the ante a bit.

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DJ Steve Porter takes on Red Sox music

May, 4, 2012
Fenway ParkGreg M. Cooper/US PresswireDJ Steve Porter offered some alternates to the at-bat music choices of the Red Sox lineup.
Of all the problems that plagued the Red Sox out of the gate, their walk-up music hardly ranks high on the list. Still, under Bobby Valentine’s notion that every little thing counts, we asked each hitter why he selected his music, then asked sports fan DJ Steve Porter, who is from Massachusetts, to run through the starting lineup and replace their tunes with songs that might put some more swing in their swings. Maestro ...


His pick Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey: “I just like classic rock.”

Porter’s pick Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa: “It’s time for Salty to push it and become the leader behind the plate that the Sox need with Tek gone.”


His picksGet Up/Levantate” and “Bon, Bon” by Pitbull: “My two songs are Spanish and English, so they touch where I come from.”

Porter’s pick Step It Up” by Stereo MCs: “His play has been subpar. In order to regain his true form, he’s gonna have to — you guessed it — step it up.”


His pick Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band: “One of my buddies picked it for me.”

Porter’s pick Power” by Kanye West: “The Laser Show is below his average but tied for third in team home runs. If he ends the season with the lead, we’ll switch this to ‘The Power’ by Snap!”


His pick To be determined: “I’m still working on it.”

Porter’s pick I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2: “Can Youk find his former Yoooouuuk?”


His pick Rocketeer” by Far East Movement: “This song gets me relaxed in the box. When I first used it, I started hitting well, so I couldn’t change it.”

Porter’s pick The Bomb!” by the Bucketheads: “Mike has been great at short, a position that was one of the biggest questions going into the season.”


His pick Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z: “Listen to the whole song and you’ll understand why I picked it.”

Porter’s pick Funk Dat” by Sagat: “Darnell should take one look at his stats and say to himself, ‘Funk Dat!’”


His pick Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: “I like the way it starts. I’ve used it before, and I decided to bring it back this year.”

Porter’s pick Strike It Up” by Black Box: “Cody needs a song to remind him that he’s leading the team in whiffs.”


His pick I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas: “When I was in Oakland, I walked out to rap music. At Fenway Park, there are a lot more fans when you come up to the plate, so I needed something a little different.”

Porter’s pick Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty by Nature: “There’s definitely reason to cheer for Ryan’s solid early numbers.”


His pick King of Diamonds” by Rick Ross: “When you go to hit, you want to look mean. This song gets you going.”

Porter’s pick Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z & UGK: “Big Papi is pimping a serious average and leading the team. He needs to have some more fun on that walk to the plate.”