Posted: Monday July 31, 2006 3:32PM; Updated: Monday July 31, 2006 4:04PM
NL Wild Card -- Quick Ideas
Cincinnati Reds: The home of Nick Lachey! Let's go retro with 98 Degrees' Y2K smash Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche). On second thought, let's don't. How about Will Ferrell look-alike Adam Dunn takes on a Talledega Nights theme?
Arizona Diamondbacks: The biggest star from the area has to be Alice Cooper, so let's roll with No More Mr. Nice Guy.
San Francisco Giants: Since we know Barry Bondsprefers watchingBobby Brown to doing interviews, it's gotta be My Prerogative.
Houston Astros: For a team that's going to have to hustle and scrap to make it, the biggest no-brainer on this list: Ridin' Dirty, by Houston's own Chamillionaire. Also because when Sunday Night Baseball was in Houston, Joe Morgan said Erin Andrews appeared to be "riding dirty" on the train above the outfield. Not sure what he meant, but easily the greatest thing he's ever said.
Atlanta Braves: Atlanta's own Big Boi and Kryptonite, which George Mason rode to success a few months ago during March Madness.
American League Division Leaders
Boston Red Sox: Aerosmith, the Cars, Dropkick Murphys and Mighty Mighty Bosstones are all obvious contenders, but the great themes come out of nowhere and have that random touch to them. So let's ride with Hustlin' by Rick Ross, not only because the song has that hypnotic chorus and the message would seem to mesh with Sox' goal, but mostly because David Ortizlooks a lot like Rick Ross.
Detroit Tigers: It's too bad the White Sox used Don't Stop Believin', since it would perfectly encapsulate this team's surprise showing and it's actually about a kid from "South Detroit." That taken, let's go retro and use Glen Frey's classic The Heat Is On, which works on a few levels: 1) With the release of the new Miami Vice movie, it's worth remembering that Frey once guested on the Miami Vice TV show; 2) Frey's song You Belong to the City appeared on the smash Miami Vice soundtrack back in 1985; and 3) The Heat Is On was on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, which was about a brash cop who comes to California from Detroit.
Oakland A's: Tough one. My initial reaction was to go retro and use something from former A's batboy Stanley Burrell (a.k.a. MC Hammer), but longtime Bay Area torchbearer E-40 has a new song (U And Dat) climbing the charts, so we'll take that.
Chicago White Sox: I hope they don't discard Steve Perry this quickly. Besides, Any Way You Want It would sound awesome over the stadium P.A.
Minnesota Twins: Eschewing Prince, I always thought Morris Day and the Time's The Bird would be a great theme song for some team. Nonsensical? Sure. Catchy? Definitely.
Toronto Blue Jays: The biggest Canadian artist right now is Nelly Furtado, and her Promiscuous duet with Timbaland would be terrific ... except that it's about, well, you know. Would have assigned them Crazy, but they already released Shea Hillenbrand.
Los Angeles Angels: Has to be I'm a Believer by, of course, the Monkees.
Game of the Week
I know it's an older game, but I've been playing this relentlessly the last two weeks. My low thus far is 57, 13 over.