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2019 Rays Walk-up Music Bracket: Round 1

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Year three of this tradition

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Welcome to Year 3 of this becoming-annual tradition here at DRB. The premise is simple: Who has the best walk-up music on the team? Thanks to the extreme turnover this team seems to have year after year, the pool has actually been quite different each year. Plus, the beauty of solving debates with brackets is that they can change so much every time you do one. Honestly, I may only write bracket-themed articles from now on, they’re so much fun.

All right, on to the voting, as we did last year, we are simply starting with all eligible candidates, because there was the perfect number of 32 walk-ups listed on the Rays official walk-up music database at MLB.com. (For players with more than one song listed, I did use my executive overreach to decide which song to include.)

Let’s get this started!

Round 1 Matchups

Willy Adames: “Sigo Siendo El Papa” by Silvestre Dangond

Yandy Diaz: “Zero” by Farruko

Brief Thoughts: I really like the vibe of the “Zero” music video, but Willy’s walk-up is catchy as all get out. I could see this song making a nice little run.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 64%
    Willy Adames: "Sigo Siendo El Papa" by Silvestre Dangond
    (81 votes)
  • 35%
    Yandy Diaz: "Zero" by Farruko
    (44 votes)
125 votes total Vote Now

Jesus Aguilar: “Si Se Da” by Myke Towers

Tommy Pham: “Freestyle” by Lil Baby

Brief Thoughts: Neither of these do too much for me, so I’ll lean towards Tommy since he’s got seniority over the newly acquired Aguilar.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 26%
    Jesus Aguilar: "Si Se Da" by Myke Towers
    (36 votes)
  • 73%
    Tommy Pham: "Freestyle" by Lil Baby
    (100 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

Jose Alvarado: “Sax to Me” by DJ Seven

Michael Brosseau: “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Brief Thoughts: Jose Alvarado can do no wrong. There’s no way he’s winning this matchup, whispers but maybe he should...

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 19%
    Jose Alvarado: "Sax to Me" by DJ Seven
    (28 votes)
  • 80%
    Michael Brosseau: "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G.
    (118 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now

Jalen Beeks: “Where I Belong” by Building 429

Emilio Pagan: “Bad Man” by Esterly

Brief Thoughts: “Bad Man” is one of those songs that’s elevated by being used in this walk-up nature. Solid choice, Emilioooooo.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 16%
    Jalen Beeks: "Where I Belong" by Building 429
    (20 votes)
  • 83%
    Emilio Pagan: "Bad Man" by Esterly
    (101 votes)
121 votes total Vote Now

Diego Castillo: “Say Yes” by Michelle Williams

Travis d’Arnaud: “The Way I Live” by Baby Boy Da Prince

Brief Thoughts: The lesser-known 11th Commandment states: Thou shalt not vote against a member of Destiny’s Child in the first round of the annual DRB Walk-up Music Bracket.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 21%
    Diego Castillo: "Say Yes" by Michelle Williams
    (27 votes)
  • 78%
    Travis d’Arnaud: "The Way I Live" by Baby Boy Da Prince
    (97 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now

Yonny Chirinos: “Creere” by Tercer Cielo

Daniel Robertson: “Higher” by DJ Khaled

Brief Thoughts: Let’s get Nipsey to at least the final eight or so.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 26%
    Yonny Chirinos: "Creere" by Tercer Cielo
    (29 votes)
  • 73%
    Daniel Robertson: "Higher" by DJ Khaled
    (82 votes)
111 votes total Vote Now

Tyler Glasnow: “MVP” by Big L

Joey Wendle: “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin

Brief Thoughts: Last year we had a Zeppelin vs. Zeppelin final... Hopefully we don’t just do the same thing this year?

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 36%
    Tyler Glasnow: "MVP" by Big L
    (49 votes)
  • 63%
    Joey Wendle: "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
    (87 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

Avisail Garcia: “Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee

Ji-Man Choi: “Fire” by BTS

Brief Thoughts: This is easily the best first-round matchup. We’re losing one of the heavy hitters here.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 36%
    Avisail Garcia: "Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee
    (42 votes)
  • 63%
    Ji-Man Choi: "Fire" by BTS
    (74 votes)
116 votes total Vote Now

Matt Duffy: “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Colin Poche: “Nice to Know You” by Incubus

Brief Thoughts: Again, maybe I’ll vote against Zeppelin early, just to avoid a repeat.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 57%
    Matt Duffy: "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
    (76 votes)
  • 42%
    Colin Poche: "Nice to Know You" by Incubus
    (57 votes)
133 votes total Vote Now

Guillermo Heredia: “Coronamos” by El Taiger

Mike Zunino: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

Brief Thoughts: Zunes’ walk-up is my early darkhouse to win this bad boy in 2019.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 15%
    Guillermo Heredia: "Coronamos" by El Taiger
    (22 votes)
  • 84%
    Mike Zunino: "I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty
    (116 votes)
138 votes total Vote Now

Kevin Kiermaier: “Hustlin’” Rick Ross

Blake Snell: “Mob Ties” by Drake

Brief Thoughts: Hustlin’ is great, but Drake is a near God these days.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 68%
    Kevin Kiermaier: "Hustlin’" Rick Ross
    (94 votes)
  • 31%
    Blake Snell: "Mob Ties" by Drake
    (44 votes)
138 votes total Vote Now

Andrew Kittredge: “#1 Zero” Audioslave

Michael Perez: “Callao” by Wisin & Yandel

Brief Thoughts: I do love me some Audioslave.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 68%
    Andrew Kittredge: "#1 Zero" Audioslave
    (69 votes)
  • 31%
    Michael Perez: "Callao" by Wisin & Yandel
    (32 votes)
101 votes total Vote Now

Brandon Lowe: “Nice for What” by Drake

Austin Pruitt: “Beautiful Disaster” by 311

Brief Thoughts: Drake. Drake by so much.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 62%
    Brandon Lowe: "Nice for What" by Drake
    (74 votes)
  • 37%
    Austin Pruitt: "Beautiful Disaster" by 311
    (44 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now

Nate Lowe: “Die Young” by Roddy Ricch

Chaz Roe: “Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold

Brief Thoughts: Last year y’all sent Avenged Sevenfold on a way longer run than I anticipated/hoped for... And I can already tell I’m setting it up to do that again by mentioning that here... You folks are really petty, huh?

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 38%
    Nate Lowe: "Die Young" by Roddy Ricch
    (45 votes)
  • 61%
    Chaz Roe: "Hail to the King" by Avenged Sevenfold
    (72 votes)
117 votes total Vote Now

Austin Meadows: “Coming in Hot” by Andy Mineo

Eric Sogard: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Brief Thoughts: I will stand by my “Imagine Dragons aren’t actually complete trash” hottest take.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

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  • 50%
    Austin Meadows: "Coming in Hot" by Andy Mineo
    (65 votes)
  • 49%
    Eric Sogard: "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
    (63 votes)
128 votes total Vote Now

Brendan McKay: “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott

Charlie Morton: “Palmetto Rose” by Jason Isbell

Brief Thoughts: Random deep cut from CFM; Sicko Mode could’ve won this bracket.

Poll

Better Walk-up Song

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Brendan McKay: "Butterfly Effect" by Travis Scott
    (74 votes)
  • 32%
    Charlie Morton: "Palmetto Rose" by Jason Isbell
    (36 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now

Thanks for voting, y’all! We’ll keep rolling these out in the next couple weeks.