Will Smith, one of the Dodgers’ best catching prospects, was called up on Monday morning and will make his first MLB start on Tuesday night catching for Rich Hill.
In Oklahoma City, Smith is batting .290 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, and a .954 on-base-slugging percentage. His call-up has been highly anticipated by Dodgers fans, and with his first start looming, one important question has been circling around Twitter and other social media platforms: What should Smith’s walk up song be?
Big Willie Style walking to the plate be like. pic.twitter.com/bGTMs6P4O6
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) May 27, 2019
With such a name, the catching prospect has a range of options that would without a doubt excite the Dodgers faithful. Below we rank Smith’s top five walkup song options.
5) Parents Just Don’t Understand
The oldest option on this list, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” is sort of a sleeper pick for Smith’s walkup song.
The song speaks towards Smith’s youthfulness and one of its early lyrics also represents a challenge that many young prospects face. The song says “You know parents are the same, No matter time nor place, They don’t understand that us kids, Are going to make some mistakes.”
As talented as he is, it’s likely that Smith will have some growing pains during his first stint in the majors. This song would remind people that he might make some mistakes early on, and in this case, sometimes critics just don’t understand.
4) Boom Shake the Room
“Boom Shake the Room” would get Dodger Stadium rocking every time Smith comes up to the plate.
Boom Shake the Room would also be acceptable.
— Dodgers Fans UK (@Dodgers_UK) May 27, 2019
With his talent, Smith truly has the potential to “shake the room” with each appearance in the lineup, and the song could represent what’s yet to come.
Well yo, are y’all ready for this catcher yet?
3) Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
If there’s any song that’ll get Dodger Stadium on their feet and dancing, it’s this one. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit it,” from the Big Willie Style album, would be a great choice for Smith to play as he walks to the plate because it’s fun, upbeat, and would certainly appeal to fans.
The song also might help Smith loosen up before his at-bat, and it’ll remind him that in order to have success, all he’s really got to do is get “jiggy wit it.”
“Summertime” is near the top of this list simply because of how fitting it’s lyrics are.
Even the lyrics match: "Here's a groove, slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm. Just a little something to break the monotony……."
— Scott Yoneyama (@The_Yoney) May 28, 2019
Smith’s play will hopefully be “a bit of a break from the norm,” that Dodgers fans can enjoy. Also, summer isn’t summer without baseball, and this song has been a staple at Dodgers Stadium even before the catcher’s call-up.
1) Fresh Prince Bel-Air
There’s no song more recognizable and perfect for this occasion than the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The song was the theme for the popular TV show of the same name and is arguably the most famous and recognizable of Will Smith’s (the actor and rapper) career.
— trey (bellingerMVPszn) (@svgtreyy) May 28, 2019
Just like in the TV show, Smith (the catcher) is the new kid on the block. This call-up has given him an early-season opportunity to claim his title as Dodger Stadium’s new “fresh prince.”
Smith truly cannot go wrong with any of these options. Each one would be a welcomed reference to his namesake and would get Dodgers fans excited for each of his at-bats. What do you think his walk-up song should be? Let us know below!