Brandon Crawford took over the role of team DJ a couple of years ago. Now every season, for the final weekend/game of the season, he has taken it upon himself to choose personalized songs for each player. This season was no exception. The full list was posted today:
Here are the walk-up songs Brandon Crawford picked for teammates today. There are some pretty brilliant choices. pic.twitter.com/MLk7sMHu8E— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 30, 2018
He did not skimp on the burn tracks.
For his injured teammates, he picked “I Need a Doctor” for Brandon Belt, who just had knee surgery. He chose “Hips Don’t Lie” for Buster Posey and his injured hips, and “Shoulder Lean” for Jeff Samardzija and...whatever is going on with his shoulder. And for his long lost friend Johnny Cueto, who will miss next season as well, he chose “Donde Estas?”
He gave a subtle plea for the return of Derek Holland with “I Want You Back” while adding a bit of farewell fare for Hunter Pence with “Young Forever.”
There were some overly obvious choices, with “Mmmbop” for Alen Hanson, “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” for Will Smith, “Teach Me How to Dougie” for Steven Duggar, and “Saved By The Bell” for Austin Slater. And there was more of his not-so-subtle shade at Steven Okert’s lack of a butt with “Baby Got Back.”
But the most satisfying burns came for Hunter Strickland and Kelby Tomlinson.
For Tomlinson, Crawford chose “Tommy” which doesn’t seem like an insult at a glance. It’s his nickname from Bruce Bochy, after all. But it is also the theme song to the show Dexter, whose titular character Tomlinson has been compared to due to the intensity of his stare. Which probably doesn’t please him, considering it’s about a serial killer.
And for Strickland, Crawford chose “Break Stuff,” which made me laugh very hard. If you haven’t heard it, this Limp Bizkit song is about being in a horrible mood and wanting to break everything in sight. Which would have worked for Strickland and his anger issues even before he broke his own hand in a fit of pique. But with that added in, it was a perfect chef’s kiss of a choice.