St. Louis Cardinals: Walk-Up Song Tournament

With no baseball, or sports in general, we’ve had to get creative to stay entertained. With March Madness also cancelled, many folk have taken to creating tournament brackets for, well…pretty much everything — from cereal, to Star Wars characters, to Taylor Swift songs.

So now I’m getting in on the act, combining my two greatest interest — Cardinals baseball and music.

And so I give you The St. Louis Cardinals Walk-Up Song Tournament (#WalkUpSTL)

The last day or so I dug into my own memories, did several scattershot Google searches, and crowd-sourced Twitter to come up with as many songs — and the Cardinals players that have used them — as possible. Big shout out to @TheSnortingBull on Twitter who was able to provide a lot from the 1996-2006 range.

All-in-all, I ended up with 68 entrants, perfect for a 64 team bracket with 4 play-in matchups.

Most of the entrants are walk-up songs used by hitters (or starting pitchers). Some hitters have multiple songs. One song — Welcome to the Jungle — has multiple hitters. A handful are the entrance music used by various relievers.

For seeding:

I looked up the WAR that all players on the listed posted as a Cardinal, and then ranked them 1-68.

Then, I looked up the Billboard chart info for all the songs on the list — typically the Hot 100, or the next most relevant chart — and ranked them 1-68 based on their peak chart ranking. Some that didn’t chart at all ended up in the “bubble team” category and are in the Play-In round.

After ranking both, I simply took an average of the two for each player/song combo and then put them in order based on that composite rank.

It was not very scientific, but it got the more popular songs and the more prominent players in the higher seeds, and randomized the matchups.

So let’s get on with it then!

I will be conducting polls for the matchups on Twitter and Facebook and then combining the results. Seek out myself (@hes_verygood) on Twitter, The Redbird Daily on Facebook, or simply search #WalkUpSTL on either to find the polls.

When voting, don’t necessarily pick the song you like better, consider if it is a good walk-up song — does it pump up the crowd and the hitter? Does it impose the pitcher? Does it fit the hitters vibe? Those sorts of things. Or just vote however you want, it’s all for fun.

This post will be updated with full round results and updated bracket.

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Below are the 4 Regions — Musial, Smith, Hornsby, & Gibson — and the full listing of Player/Song/Artist, for research purposes.

MUSIAL REGION HORNSBY REGION
PLAYER SONG ARTIST PLAYER SONG ARTIST
(1)Wainwright, Adam Song of the South Alabama (1)Wong, Kolten Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Silento
(2)Edmonds, Jim Errtime Nelly (2)Molina, Yadier Gasolina Daddy Yankee
(3)Lynn, Lance Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr. (3)Edmonds, Jim Alive Pearl Jam
(4)Clayton, Royce California Love Tupac (4)Beltran, Carlos Welcome to the Jungle Guns n Roses
(5)Jordan, Brian We Be Clubbin’ Ice Cube (5)Piscotty, Stephen Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
(6)Pujols, Albert Go Buck Flame (6)Rolen, Scott Rollin Limp Bizkit
(7)Freese, David Stinkfist Tool (7)Diaz, Aledmys Believer Imagine Dragons
(8)Fowler, Dexter Congratulations Post Malone (8)Fowler, Dexter Jumpman Drake
(9)DeJong, Paul You’ve Got Another Thing Coming Judas Priest (9)Clark, Will The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King
(10)Carpenter, Matt Loud and Heavy Cody Jinks (10)Gyorko, Jedd Crazy Town Jason Aldean
(11)Rosenthal, Trevor Hail to the King Avenged Sevenfold (11)Holliday, Matt Crank It Up Wrestling Heros
(12)McGee, Willie Theme From “The Natural” Randy Newman (12)Berkman, Lance God’s Gonna Cut You Down Johnny Cash
(13)Rasmus, Colby D.A.N.C.E. Justice (13)Mikolas, Miles When The Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin
(14)Duncan, Chris Swing Trace Adkins (14)Broxton, Jonathan Iron Man Black Sabbath
(15)Goldschmidt, Paul We Went Randy Houser (15)Bourjos, Peter Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre
(16)Pham, Tommy Don’t Take Days Off Nipsey Hussle (16)Davis, Eric Ruff Ryders Anthem DMX
(17)Wong, Kolten I Don’t Wanna Wait SOJA (17)Moss, Brandon Can’t Stop Rock N Roll AC/DC
SMITH REGION GIBSON REGION
PLAYER SONG ARTIST PLAYER SONG ARTIST
(1)McGwire, Mark Welcome to the Jungle Guns n Roses (1)Carpenter, Matt Hurricane Band of Heathens
(2)Lankford, Ray Southern Hospitality Ludacris (2)Lankford, Ray Let Me Clear My Throat DJ Kool
(3)Holliday, Matt Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band (3)DeSheilds, DeLino My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) en Vogue
(4)Grichuk, Randal This is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line (4)Gant, Ron Keep Their Heads Ringin’ Dr. Dre
(5)Freese, David Even Flow Pearl Jam (5)Matheny, Mike Sweet Child o Mine Guns n Roses
(6)Gaetti, Gary Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man Bob Seger (6)Ludwick, Ryan Brass Monkey Beastie Boys
(7)Reyes, Alex/Wong No Problem Chance the Rapper (7)Brebbia, John Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham!
(8)Schumaker, Skip The Stroke Billy Squier (8)Eckstein, David Number One Spot Ludacris
(9)Carpenter, Matt Long Hot Summer Day Turnpike Troubadours (9)Gyorko, Jedd Dirt on My Boots Jon Pardi
(10)Jay, Jon Public Service Announcement Jay-Z (10)Bader, Harrison Pills and Automobiles Chris Brown
(11)Motte, Jason Brain Stew Green Day (11)Grichuk, Randal Here Comes the Boom Nelly
(12)Walker, Larry Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne (12)Edman, Tommy Feelin’ Good Nina Simone
(13)Kozma, Pete Kickstart My Heart Motley Crue (13)Reynolds, Mark Barefoot Bluejean Night Jake Owen
(14)Ankiel, Rick Last Resort Papa Roach (14)Mabry, John Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin
(15)Young, Dmitri If I Ruled the World NAS (15)Kozma, Pete The Ocean Led Zeppelin
(16)Reyes, Anthony Bat Country Avenged Sevenfold (16)Pujols, Albert 5 Seconds Canton Jones
(17)Adams, Matt Voices Rev Theory (17)Cruz, Tony Chest Thump from “Wolf of Wall Street”

And then we have the bracket! (Updated daily as results post)

Print it out and fill in your predictions if you want to!

Play-In Results:

Musial Region – Pham 10, Wong (SOJA) 4
Smith Region – An. Reyes 8, Adams 7
Hornsby Region – Davis 5, Moss 10
Gibson Region – Pujols (Jones) 3, Cruz 13

MUSIAL REGION – Round 1:

(1) Wainwright – 21, (16) Pham – 6
(2) Edmonds – 20, (15) Goldschmidt – 8
(3) Lynn – 13, (14) Duncan – 15
(4) Clayton – 21, (13) Rasmus – 9
(5) Jordan – 10, (12) McGee – 16
(6) Pujols (Flame) – 10, (11) Rosenthal – 16
(7) Freese (Tool) – 14, (10) Carpenter (Jinks) – 11
(8) Fowler (Post) – 10, (9) DeJong – 19

SMITH REGION – Round 1:

(1) McGwire – 30, (16) An. Reyes – 7
(2) Lankford (Ludacris) – 23, (15) Young – 8
(3) Holliday (Chicken) – 19, (14) Ankiel – 14
(4) Grichuk (FGL) – 11, (13) Kozma (Crue) – 23
(5) Freese (Pearl) – 12, (12) Walker – 26
(6) Gaetti – 12, (11) Motte – 25
(7) Wong/Reyes – 15, (10) Jay – 18
(8) Schumaker – 22, (9) Carpenter – 23

HORNSBY REGION – Round 1:

(1) Wong (Nae Nae) – 14, (17) Moss – 11
(2) Molina – 16, (15) Bourjos – 7
(3) Edmonds (Alive) – 17, (14) Broxton – 6
(4) Beltran – 14, (13) Mikolas – 9
(5) Piscotty – 14, (12) Berkman – 12
(6) Rolen – 21, (11) Holliday – 6
(7) Diaz – 11, (10) Gyorko (Aldean) – 12
(8) Fowler (Drake) – 8, (9) Clark – 18

GIBSON REGION – Round 1:

(1) Carpenter (Heathens) – 18, (17) Cruz – 15
(2) Lankford (Throat) – 23, (15) Kozma (Ocean) – 12
(3) DeShields – 14, (14) Mabry – 19
(4) Gant – 19, (13) Reynolds – 14
(5) Matheny – 22, (12) Edman – 14
(6) Ludwick – 22, (11) Grichuk (Nelly) – 19
(7) Brebbia – 32, (10) Bader – 4
(8) Eckstein – 25, (9) Gyorko (Pardi) – 12

MUSIAL REGION – Round 2:

(1) Wainwright – 19, (9) DeJong – 8
(12) McGee – 14, (4) Clayton – 10
(11) Rosenthal – 10, (14) Duncan – 13
(7) Freese – 11, (2) Edmonds (Nelly) – 13

SMITH REGION – Round 2:

(1) McGwire – 20, (9) Carpenter – 14
(2) Lankford (Ludacris) 21, (10) Jay – 16
(3) Holliday (Chicken) – 20, (11) Motte – 11
(12) Walker – 22, (13) Kozma (Crue) – 10

HORNSBY REGION – Round 2:

(1) Wong (Nae Nae) – 21, (9) W. Clark – 17
(2) Molina – 29, (10) Gyorko (Aldean) – 13
(3) Edmonds (Alive) – 18, (6) Rolen – 24
(4) Beltran – 27, (5) Piscotty – 18

GIBSON REGION – Round 2:

(1) Carpenter (Heathens) – 11, (8) Eckstein – 16
(2) Lankford (Kool) – 17, (7) Brebbia – 13
(4) R. Gant – 16, (5) Matheny – 10
(6) Ludwick – 18, (14) Mabry – 10

SWEET 16:

Musial: (1) Wainwright – 29, (12) McGee – 21
Musial: (2) Edmonds (Nelly) – 37, (14) Duncan – 21
Smith: (1) McGwire – 32, (12) Walker – 25
Smith: (2) Lankford (Ludacris) – 24, (3) Holliday (Chicken) – 37
Hornsby: (1) Wong (Nae Nae) – 15, (4) Beltran – 15 tie goes to higher seed
Hornsby: (2) Molina – 12, (6) Rolen – 20
Gibson: (2) Lankford (Kool) – 15, (6) Ludwick – 20
Gibson: (4) R. Gant – 8, (8) Eckstein – 19

ELITE EIGHT:

Musial: (1) Wainwright – 22, (2) Edmonds (Nelly) – 14
Smith: (1) McGwire – 21, (3) Holliday (Chicken) – 15
Hornsby: (1) Wong (Nae Nae) – 7, (6) Rolen – 28
Gibson: (6) Ludwick – 17, (8) Eckstein – 20

FINAL FOUR:

Musial/Smith: (1) Wainwright – 23, (1) McGwire – 20
Hornsby/Gibson: (6) Rolen – 27, (8) Eckstein – 11

CHAMPIONSHIP:

(1) Adam Wainwright – 40, (6) Rolen – 32

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