Smash hit! What's the power of a walk-up song?

Shad explores the power of walk-up music with CBC's Sonali Karnick and former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart.
Smash hit! Toronto Blue Jays' right fielder Jose Bautista breaks his bat as he hits a single to left field. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

What's in a walk-up song? As a baseball player struts up to bat, a good song blaring over stadium speakers can really pump up both the athlete and the crowd. But a bad tune can do the exact opposite.

As the Toronto Blue Jays head into today's crucial game against the Texas Rangers, Shad explores the power of walk-up music with Sonali Karnick of CBC Sports and former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart. 

What does a player's song say about him? How does music figure into a winning team's strategy?

WEB EXTRA | ​Q-niverse, after this segment we asked: what's your walk-up song and why? Listen below to see which audience members we brought up to bat. 

Also, here's the q team's (a.k.a. "The Q Jays") walk-up playlist:

First up, we have q host Shadrach "Smooth Moves" Kabango with Teddy Pendergrass, Love TKO

Now, in fighting shape, here's the rest of the q crew with their choice walk-up song: 


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