Carlos Beltran uses Mark McGwire's music
April, 19, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
Walk-up music is a way for baseball players to express themselves. For Carlos Beltran, it's about kissing up.
OK, maybe not kissing up. But he instead chose to honor his hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, when team officials asked Beltran what song he wanted to use before his at-bats, he didn't even know the name of the song, just who used it.
“I told them to give me the song that Mark McGwire had in all of his years in St. Louis,” Beltran told Goold. “I wanted that one. He had good years here.”
That song was "Welcome to the Jungle," the oft-used Guns N' Roses classic that has become a stadium anthem. But it was also McGwire's crowd-rousing music in 1998 when he hit 70 home runs. It became so associated with McGwire in St. Louis that the team played it for him when he publicly resurfaced in 2010 at the team's Winter Warm-Up convention, after the infamous Senate hearings and his public steroids admission.