Only a couple of days after the apparent suicide of Junior Seau shocked the sports world, the music world lost a great man in Adam Yauch, one of the founding members of the Beastie Boys. Upon finding a cancerous tumor in one of his salivary glands in 2009, Yauch embarked on a three year battle with the disease that he eventually lost this week as it took his life, at the young age of 47. Yauch was the oldest member of the group that blended rap and punk, growing up in Brooklyn Heights. To honor the life that he lived and what he did for the music world, Scott Hairston and Justin Turner suggested that every hitter walk up to a Beastie Boys song Friday night.
Each of the players in the starting lineup jumped on board with the idea and Anthony DiComo had a list of the songs the various players walked
Ruben Tejada: “Intergalactic”
Daniel Murphy: “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
David Wright: “Brass Monkey”
Lucas Duda: “The New Style”
Scott Hairston: “Root Down”
Ike Davis: “Fight For Your Right (To Party)”
Andres Torres: “So Wat’cha Want”
Josh Thole: “Make Some Noise”
Dillon Gee: “Body Movin'”
This is just one more reason as to why the Mets are one of the most likeable teams in Major League Baseball. Despite their recent struggles, there are certain players in the clubhouse, such as Tim Byrdak and Justin Turner, that keep the mood light during the grind that is a professional baseball season. How many other MLB teams decided to do something cool like this to honor one of the driving forces in music that has helped make the industry what it is today? Probably none.
It’s just another way for the crowd (26,000 in attendance last night) and fans around the league to feel connected to the Mets because they show us day in and day out that they are just like us, except they play baseball for a living. We watch so much baseball each season and the 24/7 media attention that profesional players get, we end up putting them on a pedestal, as if to think they’re not regular people. However, with things such as Byrdak’s Hulk Hogan impressions, Turner and Johan Santana throwing three pounds of sunflowers seeds in Kevin Burkhardt’s jacket hood, and now this Beastie Boys tribute, it’s hard not to like the 2012 New York Mets.