1) Jacob deGrom – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
What better song for the modern-day “GOAT” to have as his walk-up music than this iconic rock anthem by Lynyrd Skynyrd? From the moment the opening guitar chords begin to play over the Citi Field speakers, Mets fans know that they are in for a special evening and a gritty performance from their beloved ace.
deGrom’s walk-up song is also his warm-up music before he takes the mound, and it holds a very particular significance to him. In a 2015 interview, he was asked by the New York Post about the meaning behind his chosen song.
“I try to keep things simple,’’ he said. “Try not to let anything change me. That’s who I am as a pitcher and a person.”
Any time I’ve attended a deGrom start in person, I immediately get chills whenever “Simple Man” starts to play. There simply could not be a better song to sum up the man who has won a Rookie of the Year, two Cy Youngs, and pitched in a World Series in his first six years in the big leagues, all while maintaining the utmost dignity and class. Whatever significance this song has to rock music overall, that is exactly the significance that deGrom has to the Mets franchise.
Walk-up songs are an entrenched part of today’s baseball game. These five Mets players mastered the art of selecting songs that set the tone for their on-field play and leave fans humming all the way out of the stadium.
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