WASHINGTON – In his third at bat during his MLB debut on Friday night, Carter Kieboom slammed a home run 400 feet over the center-field wall... but you probably knew that. Kieboom admitted that he felt some jitters, but he has a trick to block out the noise: listening to his walk-up song.
Choosing a walk-up song is a right of passage for all young players, and Kieboom's choice – "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers – was an easy one. He admits that this is a recycled choice from his time in Triple-A. Even though he had the option to start fresh, he thought it "sounded good" on Friday; "I am going to stick with that one for a while."
The lyrics "I got soul but I'm not a soldier" ring throughout Nationals Park every time Kieboom takes his place at the batter's box. The Killers' song is about growing up, moving on and making yourself a better person – just what Kieboom is trying to prove during his time with the MLB team.
Kieboom sees his walk-up song as a way to connect with fans and show his personality. During his minor league career, he previously used songs "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift and "It's a Great Day to be Alive" by Travis Tritt. He chose these because they are catchy. "They get you through the grind," he added.
Kieboom remembers growing up and listening to former Atlanta Braves infielder Chipper Jones' iconic choice, "Crazy Train."
"Everyone stopped and paid attention to him, it was pretty cool", Kieboom, a Georgia native, recalled.
Some players use a walk-up song to pump themselves and the crowd up, while other players, like Kieboom, use music to "get focused during that short span."
For now, Kieboom has just one song selected and does not intend to change it. If Kieboom wants to stick with the same band for the next walk-up song, he should choose the fan favorite (and far superior) “Mr. Brightside." The song shows personality, spunk and impeccable music taste.
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