For 15 seconds, a song defines a player.

A walk-up song serves to set the tone for a player’s at-bat, songs range from country to rap and everything in between. While the song is important, it’s more about getting into a groove for second baseman Brett Netzer.

“Routine is a big part of baseball, having a song that gets you into a routine and gets you into the right mindset before you hit is really important,” Netzer said.

As indicated by his slow Johnny Cash tune, freshman Zach Smith utilizes his song to keep his mind at ease when he steps into the box, saying a song is supposed to “keep you relaxed so you don’t make things too complicated.”

While T.J. Niching has switched his song from “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift to “Congratulations” by Post Malone, he notes that he doesn’t actually hear a lot of whatever song is playing as he walks up because he’s “locked in.”

Jackson Mims keeps it mellow going up to the plate with Red Hot Chili Peppers in the background. He said it’s important to “have good thoughts while you’re in the batter’s box.”

Reese Hampton uses his song to get into a rhythm prior to swinging the bat and Hunter Jones has kept the same walk-up for two years because it gets him “ready to go.”

While it may seem like a simple song, the tunes that ring out throughout the Hayes allow players the chance to get into the zone when approaching the plate, as well as offering fans a glimpse into who they are outside the diamond.

photos by Chris Crews

Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.