In the 1989 film Major League, protagonist relief pitcher Rick Vaughn (played by Charlie Sheen) adopted "Wild Thing" as his theme song, to play over the PA system whenever he came into a game from the bullpen. The movie used a cover version by the punk band X, rather than the better-known Troggs recording.
I don't know if entrance music was a big thing in baseball before the movie but the idea has certainly taken hold since. These days, it seems half the players - both batters and pitchers - have a song that plays when they enter a ballgame. I actually think it's highly inappropriate for a team sport but I suppose the marketing people know what they're doing.
The song itself was first recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965. However, it was the Troggs' 1966 cover that went to the top of the charts. The middle instrumental section features an ocarina - certainly unusual for a pop song.
My Baseball Fantasy
Vermont League: won, 7-3 (112-67-11 overall, 1st place out of 12 teams)
Maryland League: tied, 5-5 (99-81-10, 4th of 10)
Public League: 81.5 Rotisserie points (4th of 12)
My Player of the Week: Jason Heyward (Right Fielder, Braves) with 3 home runs, 5 runs, 4 RBI and a .385 batting average
|via New York State of Sports|