ESPN Music: Shaun Harrison
May, 21, 2012
By Doug Williams | ESPN.com
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesPirates utility player Josh Harrison uses walk-up music that his brother Shaun created for him.When Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison marches to the plate at PNC Park, it’s always to his own beat.
No other player in the majors uses the same walk-up music as Harrison.
Since his days at the University of Cincinnati, Harrison -- now in his second season with the Pirates -- has been accompanied to his at-bats by the songs of his older brother, Shaun.
“I get a lot of requests asking me what I come out to and everything, and who makes it,” Harrison says. “I always tell them my brother. But it’s one of those things where I like my brother’s music and I don’t have to worry about anybody else having my walk-up song.
“That’s a big thing with walk-up songs. Guys are like, 'I’m gonna come out to this,' and another guy’s like, 'I’m gonna come out to that.'”
Through most of his minor league career, from 2008 until he was called up to the big leagues last May, Harrison’s primary walk-up song was “I’m the Man.” But since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s alternated between three other songs written and performed by his brother: “Shock Da Globe,” “Gotta See Me” and “Focused on the Grind” (on which a cousin also helped).