For anyone that’s attended a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, you may have noticed that each player comes out to music when walking to the plate or emerging from the bullpen.
Joc Pederson has used mostly hip-hop music this season, but in his first at-bat on Friday night, One Direction blared from the speakers. In his second at-bat, “MmmBop” by the boy band Hanson played as he walked to the plate. Pederson played it off and delivered the first pitch he saw deep into the right field pavilion for his first career grand slam. His third at-bat prompted another boy band, New Kids On The Block, but no such luck with another home run.
After the game, the 23-year-old laughed when asked about his new choice of music, “We’ve got some jokesters on the team that were messing around. I was laughing walking up to the plate.” Pederson is one of the players that has the “joy” of being a “rookie” twice. He was called up last September as a part of the roster expansion and went through the rookie hazing. Pederson was once seen making a Starbucks run on the road.
Pederson has an idea of who messed with his musical selection, but wouldn’t reveal any names. “I think so. I think I got it narrowed down,” said the rookie outfielder. When asked if he would mention any names, he quickly responded with “nope”.
It’s nice to see the Dodgers clubhouse having a good time and hopefully the hijinks and winning will continue.
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