MLB- In the third inning Tuesday night, Zack Greinke cracked a rare smile. Guardians center fielder Myles Straw walked up to the plate for the first time and had a new walk-up song, chosen especially for Greinke: John Anderson’s "Seminole Wind," which Greinke warmed up to when he was with the Astros and teammates with Straw.
As soon as Greinke heard the opening notes, his head snapped up, and he looked at Straw with a grin and a nod. “He loves that intro,” Greinke said. “They liked it when I was in Houston. He talks about it a lot with me. So he finally did it, I guess.”
I have to admit that as soon as I saw this video I loved it because stealing someone's baseball warmup song is like a wrestler using another wrestler's finishing move against them in that it can be seen as a nice tribute or diabolical, depending how it's presented. I figured it was the former since Greinke was Straw's old teammate, they both got a little chuckle out of it, and Straw went 0-for-3.
However as we know with baseball, it's always the numbers within the numbers that tell that story of the game and those numbers say that Greinke gave up a bomb after both of Straw's at-bats with his stolen warmup music.
As a baseball fan once said around these parts, numbers never lie and those numbers say that Zack Greinke is susceptible to the long ball after his own song is weaponized against him. Greinke's next start comes against the Mets and if Buck Showalter still has a brain between his ears (which is a 50/50 proposition at best according to some Mets fans), he will have every player walk up to the plate with "Seminole Wind" playing. I don't know how the hell that can happen considering the Royals will be home. But at this point of this nightmare season, it's all hands on deck and we have to think outside the box for every advantage we can get. Even against the Royals.