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Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?
Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game postseason win streak, dating back to 1985, the last time they made the playoffs (and won the World Series).
If you’re looking for an x-factor there’s always Kansas City’s crack bullpen and the Giants’ invaluable World Series experience, but we’ve got another one in mind -- intro music. During the League Championships, Billboard broke down the intro songs of every player remaining in the postseason and crafted some pretty comprehensive studies on the choices of the Royals, Orioles, Giants, and Cardinals, if we may say so ourselves. For the World Series, we’ve decided to pin the teams mano-a-mano, looking for the musical advantage at each position in today’s projected starting lineups.
Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez, Jose Reyes, "No Hay Amigo"
San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey, Brantley Gilbert, "Hell on Wheels"
VERDICT: San Francisco. Posey, a World Series veteran, doesn’t need any extra help to get in the zone, but turning country music against the heartland’s Kansas City Royals is a smooth move.
Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer, Trillville, "Some Cut"
San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt, Jay Z, "99 Problems"
VERDICT: Kansas City. Does “99 Problems” really get us as pumped as it did in 2001? The chilled out vibe of “Some Cut” is a good bet to shake those first World Series at-bat jitters.
Kansas City Royals: Omar Infante, Gucci Boys Club, "Archangel"
San Francisco Giants: Joe Panik, Jay Z, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
VERDICT: San Francisco. Perhaps only a Panic! At the Disco song would have been a more bawse move for this rookie.
Kansas City Royals: Mike Moustakas, Bone Thugs n Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"
San Francisco Giants: Pablo Sandoval, Arcangel Feat. Jose Reyes & Jay “The Prince”, "Del Envidioso Me Rio"
VERDICT: San Francisco.“”Tha Crossroads" is great, but it sounds more like a chill out song for after the game. We’re going with Arcangel’s pump-up beat here.
Kansas City Royals: Alcides Escobar, Wisin, "Que Viva la Vida"
San Francisco Giants: Brandon Crawford, Eminem, "Berzerk”
VERDICT: San Francisco. Stadium pump-up music is one of the few instances where "Berzerk” is just what the doctor ordered.
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon, Justin Timberlake, "Only When I Walk Away"
San Francisco Giants: Travis Ishikawa, TobyMac, “Ignition”
VERDICT: San Francisco. Girl troubles to get psyched at the plate? We don’t know about the Justin pick here. Turn on the ignition!
Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain, Rich Homie Quan, "Type of Way"
San Francisco Giants: Gregor Blanco, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, "Welcome to Jamrock"
VERDICT: San Francisco. This is a tough one. “Type of Way” definitely has swagger, but we love effortless swag of walking up to a reggae song in 2014.
Kansas City Royals: Nori Aoki, Flo Rida, "Right Round"
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence, White Zombie, "More Human Than Human"
VERDICT: San Francisco. When walking to the plate, we’d rather feel like we’re in a slasher flick than trying to get out of a terrible nightclub.
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler, Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt"
San Francisco Giants: Michael Morse, Mystikal, "The Man Right Chea"
VERDICT: San Francisco. Walking up to the bass throbs and menacing piano keys of “Man Right Chea” is a lot more intimidating than mid-tempo country cruisin’.
FINAL SCORE: San Francisco 8, Kansas City 1
The Royals might want to make some last-second adjustments. But then again, San Francisco can ban Lorde’s “Royals” all it wants, but there’s no stopping K.C. from milking it for all its worth.