The Pirates' walk-up songs — reimagined as classical music

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

What would happen if Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates' star center fielder, used classical music as his walk-up song?

pirateswalkup-08202015“It’s really dark,” McCutchen said, laughing, upon listening to "O rubor sanguinis" by Hildegard of Bingen. “It definitely sounds like, I’d be watching ‘300’ right now, and it’s right as they’re about to go into battle or something.”

I had some fun working out that hypothetical. On Thursday, the Post-Gazette launched a multimedia presentation about the Pirates' walk-up songs and what their classical equivalents would be. That means Steve Reich instead of AC/DC, Hildegard of Bingen in lieu of Taylor Sift, and "La donna e mobile" replacing "That's Amore." Designed by the Post-Gazette's talented developer Zack Tanner, the interactive presentation includes clips from my interviews with five players, a Spotify playlist, and selections from the original and reimagined walk-up music. (A slightly longer text is linked at the bottom of the interactive, and will appear in print on Sunday.)

What do you think of the choices? Do you have other suggestions? Should the Pirates try this out for a game?

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