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April 15, 2010

One other note from the Yanks’ home opener. When Nick Johnson stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning — right before he launched his homer — a very poppy pop tune was playing.

Now, even though some people (you know who you are) denied for years that Yankees players got to pick their “at-bat songs,” they do.

Despite my usual prolific knowledge of low-end pop, I didn’t know the song that Nick the Stick had going, but someone said “Is that Miley Cyrus?”

Turns out that yes, it was Miley Cyrus.

The Daily News is on the story:

There’s been quite a buzz about Nick Johnson’s decision to make the Miley Cyrus teenybopper hit “Party in the USA,” his walk-up song for at-bats, at the request of his 4-year-old daughter.

It’s probably the most talked about Yankee at-bat song since 1999, when outfielder Tony Tarasco made news by striding to the plate as the Stadium sound system blasted a profanity-laced version of “Tommy’s Theme” by The Lox. Tarasco later claimed he had requested an edited version of the tune, but the part-time scoreboard operator deemed responsible was fired almost immediately.

So, without further ado, Miley Cyrus, and The Lox. The choice is yours.

P.S.: While you may not remember Tony Tarasco, he was the guy under Jeffrey Maier:

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