Those of you who frequented the Halls of Rock during last year’s baseball playoff season will recall some groundbreaking analyses of the role of players’ walk-up music in determining the outcome of a playoff series. The 2008 Phillies collective playlist was accurately predicted to contribute to wins of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Looking back, who can’t recall the damage inflicted on the Dodgers’ playoff hopes by Derek Lowe‘s choice of intro music? Remember how we identified the flaws in master baseball DJ Joe Maddon‘s management of his team’s playlist? Rock Town Hall’s tracking of this stuff is probably the next wave of baseball analysis, now that SABRmetrics is becoming established.
In the coming weeks, Rock Town Hall will resume its analysis of the role of walk-up music in the playoffs. We encourage you to begin taking notes on this subject and preparing your own analyses.