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Music has always had a connection to baseball, from traditional organ music at the ballpark to John Fogerty's "Centerfield" and Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days." (We're still trying to figure out Prince's baseball reference in "U Got the Look" -- "Boy versus girl in the World Series of love.")
Players pick out songs for their at-bats or trips to the mound, but we thought we'd pass along some suggestions of our own.
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees: The pitcher is nothing if not confident. Picture him strutting out to the mound, hair blowing in the Anaheim breeze, while this 1977 classic blares.
"I Put a Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins: One wild and eccentric fellow deserves another. Picture Wilson creeping to the mound while Hawkins goes all boogeyman on the sound system.
"Older" by They Might Be Giants: The longtime pitcher is still in the game at 49. This song is a droll reminder of "time marching on."
"Don't Touch Me" by The Cartoon Planet Band: The slugger has an odd phobia of people touching his head. That calls for a thoughtful ditty from Cartoon Network character Brak, with beatboxing help from Space Ghost.
"Physical" by Olivia Newton-John: No reason, other than it would be hilarious.
"Fat Albert" theme song: The only fat thing about Albert is his wallet. But how great would this be? That classic, instantly recognizable bass line would light up any ballpark.
"Santana Shreds." It's too obvious for Santana to use a song by guitar hero Carlos Santana. So this nod to the YouTube "shredding" spoofs would give a giggle to those in the know.
The media has already exhausted name-based puns for the Japanese pitching phenom, and there are thousands of options for songs. A few:
• "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton: Just to see everyone in the stands cock their heads, schnauzer-style, when she hits the high note.
• "Fix You" by Coldplay: Whenever pitching coach Mike Maddux trots out to the mound if Yu is struggling.
• "U Got the Look" by Prince: Yes, the "World Series of love." It all makes sense now.