As the summer nears its end, so too does the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The Colorado Rockies currently hold a 73-64 record and look to make a rare playoff berth this October -- or should we say Rocktober?
We visited the Rox at Coors Field this summer to talk with the team about our favorite subject: music. We previously featured interviews with two of the team's best hitters -- Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon -- before they made the trip to this year's All-Star game in Miami.
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We got different perspectives from two other Rockies: manager Bud Black and pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Black, a former pitcher for teams like the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, hasn't played in an MLB game for more than 20 years. But he's been a coach for most of that time, so he's heard how music has taken on a bigger role in the game.
Ottavino has been with the Rockies since 2012. As a relief pitcher, he doesn't step up to bat as often as many of his teammates. But he says the opposing team's choice in walk-up music can be just as important as the Rockies' picks -- especially for a pitcher.
Listen to those interviews above and read interview highlights below.
Bud Black on what his team listens to in the clubhouse:
"When I pop open the door, I hear all different sorts of music. But I don’t hear much classic rock coming out of there. I don't hear much '70s rock."
Adam Ottavino on being selective about walk-up songs:
"You get afraid to play certain music 'cause you might think the other team will be offended. Or think, 'Who does this guy think he is?' Or something that might get them excited, like [50 Cent's] 'I'm The Man.'"