Catcher's Corner: Blog #6

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

March 28, 2013

Army senior catcher Andrew Johnson will author a blog entitled "Catcher's Corner" throughout the 2013 season. Johnson, a two-year letter winner, is serving as one of the Black Knights' co-captains this spring. Check back weekly to follow along with the inside happenings of the Army baseball team.

Winning a series and winning weekends is always something we talk about and pride ourselves on. We did an exceptional job last year taking it game by game and focusing on the moment to win each game inning by inning. On Sunday we were able to win the weekend with another win over NYIT. Alex Robinett led us with one of the best outings of his career. I had a chance to catch his last two innings, and I can say from personal experience, he is on right now. This is good to see from him heading into conference play. Our bats came to life in the two games against NYIT, and Jacob Page continues to muscle balls for hits and Jon Crucitti is on base it seems almost every at bat. Then, after not practicing for three weeks, Mark McCants led us to a "walk-off" win against Siena on Tuesday. It was one of the close games that we love to win. It was good to come out on the winning side this time.

As our bats came alive we got a good amount of at-bats, which gave us plenty of listens to some of the guys' walk-ups songs. As promised, here are my ratings of the songs I heard as well as the ones people plan on using that have not been played yet.

Justin Reece - "Your Love" by The Outfield
This song came out in 1986. Justin was born in 1994. I'm not seeing it. Not even one of the best '80s songs. The obvious choice would have been "Started from the Bottom" by Drake. He absolutely loves this song. Just check out his Instagram.

Jon Crucitti - "Wagon Wheel" by OCMS and "From the Inside Out" by Hillsong
Both are solid choices. Representing Norf Cack and getting the crowd involved with a nice slow clap during "From the Inside Out." I invite you all to join in on the clap that the dugout will start. Jon and I discussed the National Anthem as his walk up as he is the most American person on the team. But we felt it would slow the game down a bit if everyone had to stop and stand.

Daniel Cortes - "Lo Que Paso" by Daddy Yankee
Dan speaks Spanish fluently. No one else knows what any of the words mean but we still sing along. "Gasolina" would have sufficed as well.

Ryan Levenhagen - "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift
I haven't seen Taylor Swift used since Nick Dignacco used a T-Swift song for every single one of his innings last year. But to be honest, this song actually has a good drop to it. You go Taylor. You go Ryan. Do you. My favorite Taylor Swift song is "Enchanted." It was in the movie The Vow. Not ashamed.

Patrick Mescher - "Backwoods" by Justin Moore
Pat isn't very country but if anyone is from the backwoods, it's Pat. I'm pretty sure his hometown consists of five families. Pat is another bilingual member of our team. A nice Danish or German techno song would really fit Pat. Or just sound bites from the German competitors from the movie Beer Fest. "Grandpappa!"

Jacob Page - "Answer To No One" by Colt Ford
Rap music and country music should never be combined. Ever.

Harold Earls - "Approach The Bench" by The Audition
This would have been a cool walkup song if Harold was on my travel team in eighth grade. Julian Larimer might have suggested this to Harold.

Dakari Cooke - "Living My Dreams" by Los
Decent beat. I would have chosen a different part of the song than Dak did. The beat drops a little later. This song is pretty edgy and angry. I usually take a chiller approach to choosing my song, but to each his own.

Alex Jensen - "Little Secrets" by Passion Pit
This song choice actually fits Jens. Glad he picked the instrumental part of the song though. That guy's voice would get real annoying by the second at bat.

Grant Van Orden - "Why I Love You" by Kanye
Someone with really good music taste may have suggested this to him. Wonder who that could have been. Hmm. Real good choice. This song drops hard from the get go. Big crowd pleaser.

Connor Love - "On The Run" by K-OS
A little sampler from the beat of Phantom Planet's California. I would have just used the original beat to represent his West Coast roots. No reason to cheat the rep.

Mark McCants - "It's Tricky" by Run DMC
This song actually works for Mark. Not many could pull it off. But the obvious choice for Mark would have been "Deep in the Heart of Texas" or anything off the Friday Night Lights soundtrack, but beggars can't be choosers.

Michael Sands - "Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison
Subpar. Mike really likes this. He is the only one.

Garrison Franklin - "Rock of Ages" by Def Leopard
Pitchers have it easier when picking walk up songs because they get to hear the whole song instead of a small snippet. I was catching Garrison when this came on. Actually wasn't bad. But this could be biased because for four years in high school my football team was forced to listen to the same '80s rock playlist for every single workout. I hear "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Livin' on a Prayer" in my dreams now. Actually those are my nightmares.

Brock Davidson - "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie used to be cool. Used to be.

Chris Rowley - "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
Was expecting him to stick to the Georgia country music he had in the past. Going for an edgier song it seems. Chris is so edgy. But in the end, can't go wrong with Johnny Cash

Jonathan Thiess - "Power" by Kanye
Kanye is a fellow Chicagoan like myself. I'm not sure if I'm proud of that. But anyways, song has a good rhythm to walk up to and has a good message too, about beating "haters."

Gunnar Carroll - "Cornbread" by DMB
Two years in a row with the DMB pick. Upbeat rhythm to get the blood running.

Alex Robinett - "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore
Representing the Northwest. This song is fun and everybody knows it from hearing on the radio. Alex had the right idea by getting the crowd involved with a well known song. But if the song begins to be overplayed on the radio it directly will hurt this choice.

John Malcolm - "Top Of The World" by The Cataracs
Honestly didn't know what to expect from "Flames." And after this choice, I still don't know what to expect.

Davis Marlar - "Gods Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash
See Chris Rowley. Edgy.

Julian Larimer - "Bleeder" by Alkaline Trio
Alkaline reminds me of Alkali, as in Alkali metals on the periodic table in chemistry class. No thanks.

Patrick Gardner - "Sail" by AWOLNation
This is better than complete silence, which would be a better fit for the amount of talking Pat does in the locker room.

Erik Washburn - "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica
Ok I'm going to go ahead and say it. I Like Big Butts by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Had to.

Jack Verrill - "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)"
The state of Maine is a few decades behind the rest of the country in terms of popular music. All joking aside, I like it.

Brian Hapeman - "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
I'm a big Imagine Dragons fan, so I guess that means Brian and I agree on something. This is awkward. I no longer am an Imagine Dragons fan.

Andrew Flaherty - "Sometimes" by Sound Of Guns
British punk rock = Andrew Flaherty. Wait no it doesn't what am I saying.

Justin French - "Separate Ways" by Journey
Remember what I said about submarine pitchers? But I can jam to this, Frenchy. But I thought it was an unwritten rule that if you ever went Journey you had to go with Don't Stop Believin'. There's something about the pitchers from North Carolina and their '80s rock. I had a math class my sophomore year with a kid name Steve Perry. Snapple Fact.

Taylor Goucher - "Gucci Time" by Gucci Mane
The artist is perfect. The title is perfect. And the song is perfect. Gucci.

Andrew Johnson - "Sleep Awake vs. Marianne" by STRFKR
Walk up songs are all about that perfect 30 second clip that sets the tone for the at bat. Personally, I look for songs that aren't as popular and have a chill beat but have a solid bass drop. Just gets me relaxed. This song does the trick.

Hopefully you will be at our games this weekend to judge for yourselves. By the time I finished writing this blog, my favorite song by Taylor Swift has changed to "Speak Now." Next week, I'll give you a look into ABF traditions, finally. This weekend will be one to remember. I will do anything I possibly can to get a hit in the Yankees game. That'll be a real good story for the grandkids one day. And as my senior year, nothing would be better than to earn the Gold Star against Navy again, making it the 10th year in a row.

Livin on a prayer,

Just kidding

Be Big Time, AJ

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