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Royals players talk about their walk-up songs and numbers

Updated: 2013-08-23T23:02:53Z


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If you’re looking for a small insight into the Royals players, you can get it with the songs they choose to be played at the Kauffman Stadium when they come to bat or enter a game to pitch. And, yes, they can pick more than one song.

To a lesser extent, you can learn something about them by the numbers they have. So I asked a few players about those choices:


On jersey No. 1

“They told me I was going to be a special guy, I’m going to be the first special guy. Nah, I’m just kidding,” Dyson said with a laugh. “A lot of people ask me how I get that number. It’s special. They said you’re going to be No. 1. Go out and prove it to everyone. That’s it.

“You’re coming up through the minors, you couldn’t care less about your number. And when you get here you still couldn’t care. You just want to perform. That’s the number you’re not worried about. It’s all the other numbers that everyone else is looking at.”

His walk-up songs are: “Ain't Worried About Nothin” by French Montana and “We Outchea” by Ace Hood (featuring Lil Wayne)

“It gets me going,” Dyson said.


On jersey No. 7

“I just got it when I came up last September. It has no meaning behind it. It was just a number that I picked."

His walk-up song is: “Till I'm Gone” by Tinie Tempah

“One of my buddies from back home, I always keep him in charge of all my walk-up music,” Lough said. “He came up with that song. I had it in Omaha and I kept it here.”


On jersey No. 43

“It was just a number they gave me when I signed,” Crow said. “When I signed with the Royals, I was on the 40-man (roster) and they gave it to me. It’s not really all that important. It’s just a number.”

On his walk-in song “Antidote” by Swedish House Mafia

“I just like the song,” Crow said. “(Last year) it was Bangarang by Skrillek.”


On jersey No. 6

“I didn’t pick it,” Cain said. “They gave it to me. I knew it was Willie Wilson’s number. When I first got traded over here, I got a chance to meet him, hang out with him. He just said to represent his number well, and I’ve been trying to do that. Like I said, I got a chance to hang out with him at spring training as well. He’s a great guy, great player as well.”

On his walk-up songs “Do Your Thang” by P$C, “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District, and “The Motto” by Drake

“It’s a song that just gets you going,” Cain said. “You’ve got to pick what you like. It’s something that just gets you ready for that at-bat.”

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