Why did walk-up music become a thing in high school baseball? Because it's great.
Most songs selected by Nokesville (Va.) Patriot High ballplayers when they step into the batter's box are what you might expect, as detailed in a Washington Post feature on a new prep tradition that has long existed in Major League Baseball.
Kenny Chesney, Dropkick Murphys, Toby Keith, Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, The White Stripes and Wiz Khalifa. The Police's "De Do Do Do" is a little strange, but to each his own.
But not everyone's playlist is as traditional as Patriot baseball announcer Eddie Kesler's cuts.
Take another great tradition at Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.) High, for example. BWHS senior captains handpick the song selections for their freshmen teammates, according to The Post; hence frosh Caleb Barnes' intro song: Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” In case you're unfamiliar, that track includes these lyrics:
He'll never see you cry Pretend he doesn't know That he's the reason why