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Chris Coghlan’s Postseason At-Bats are Inspired by Iconic WWE Themes

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Clearly Coghlan was Raised on the WWF Attitude Era

In 2015, the Chicago Cubs finally adopted walk-up music, allowing each player to choose one or more songs to be used when they came to the plate. This music represents personal expression on the part of the person choosing it and ranges based on individual styles and preferences. Some players use the same song their entire careers like LA Dodgers’ Chase Utley who has become as synonymous with Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir” as the band itself. Others like to change their music often or when they get into a slump. We all know how superstitious baseball players can be…

Music is often chosen for a variety of reasons. It could be a player’s favorite song or one that is high energy and that will pump up a crowd. It could be something that they feel represents them whether that be because of the lyrics or the genre. It could even be something silly like when Pittsburgh Pirates’ catcher Tony Sanchez decided to use “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. 

Whatever the case may be, walk-up music defines each player and that is no different for 31-year-old leftfielder Chris Coghlan, who has taken to using the iconic WWE theme songs of Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and Stone Cold Steve Austin, to accompany him to the plate. Because honestly, which kid growing up during the Attitude Era didn’t fantasize walking down the ramp to the sound of shattering glass and slide guitars?

Fans first took notice of Coghlan’s at-bat selections during a game in mid-September in which he had four plate appearances and each one came out to a different WWE theme, switching between Austin, Hogan, The Rock and Shawn Michaels. A week later, it was being reported that in addition to using those four songs, Coghlan was coming up to bat to the New Age Outlaws as well as other classic and retro themes from the late 80s-late 90s.

Coghlan is not the first player to use WWE themes as his batting music however. Now retired, Jason Giambi began using nWo’s Wolfpac theme in the late 90s and kept it for his entire career, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holiday, briefly used the Big Show’s in the early 2010s, and of course Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder and noted WWE enthusiast, Josh Reddick, who has used themes from Triple H, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Ultimate Warrior and CM Punk just to name a few, ever since the 2011 season. Currently, as you will hear when the NLCS shifts to LA for the next three games, he is coming out to John Cena’s “My Time is Now.”

Fun fact. Coghlan and Reddick used to be teammates with the Oakland Athletics earlier this season so its quite possible that Coghlan’s inspiration to start using iconic WWE themes came from the master himself. Or, maybe like Reddick, he’s a fan, and just thought it would be really cool to take the plate the same way that Austin or Jericho or Hogan took the ring. Either way, Coghlan is definitely having some fun with his at-bat music choices.

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