Report: Chicago Cubs' players will have walk-up music in 2015
The Cubs, the only of the 30 Major League teams to not play music for individual players at they approach the batters box, will institute the change by way of the new video board being installed in the outfield.
“Tom (Ricketts) and Crane (Kenney) ask players for feedback at the end of every season, and this was at the top of their list,” Cubs marketing director Alison Miller said.
“We felt the introduction of the video board is a chance to revisit walk-up music. Players are submitting their songs right now."
New Cubs manager Joe Maddon even submitted some of his favorite songs, the report said, while declining to name any tunes in particular.
The video board, which is made by Daktronics and is the first in the club's century-long history, is 42 feet tall and 95 feet wide and will play a tribute to the late Cub Ernie Banks on opening night, according to the report.
Other renovations, including new outfield bleachers, are scheduled to wrap up inside the friendly confines by May 11. The regular season opens in Chicago on Sunday when the Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Will Green