STUDY: Spiderman Dancing to MLB At-Bat Music

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The above is an animation of Spiderman dancing. This has been a bit of an Internet meme, as many people have noticed that, at least in this particular animation, Spiderman will dance properly to almost any song played. The fine people over at the RadioLab radio program have pointed this out, and offer a scientific explanation. I advise reading the article, but essentially, our brain has a bias for things that are in sync, so we tend to focus on the times Spiderman’s dancing lines up with the music and block out the times it doesn’t. This is why it seems that Spiderman always has mad skilz.

I tasked myself with attempting to apply this logic to the music baseball players use whilst walking to the plate to bat. The following is Spiderman dancing to the at-bat music of the top ten batters in baseball, according to FanGraphs WAR.

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10. Carlos Gonzalez. Donde Estes Llegare – Alexis and Fido

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9. Joey Votto. Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

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8. Manny Machado. Otis – Jay-Z and Kanye West

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7. Evan Longoria. Down and Out – Tantric

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6. Chris Davis. I Get Wicked – Thousand Foot Krunch

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5. Carlos Gomez. Shoulder Lean – Young Dro

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4. David Wright. Kick It in the Sticks – Brantley Gilbert

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3. Andrew McCutchen. Lights – Ellie Goulding

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2. Miguel Cabrera. N**as in Paris – Jay-Z

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1. Mike Trout. New Divide – Linkin Park

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Important science has been performed today.

(At-bat music info courtesy of mlbplatemusic.com)




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David G. Temple is a systems analyst who writes for FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. He has contributed to The Classical and The Platoon Advantage. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.

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  1. Kody says:

    Can I just sit here and watch this all day? It is Friday after all.

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  2. Alexander Nevermind says:

    Ninas in Paris? Noras in Paris? Nadas in Paris? Napas in Paris? Navas in Paris? Novas in Paris?

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  3. pags140 says:

    spider man was born to shoulder lean

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  4. Mario Mendoza says:

    This made me like Votto even more.

    Is David Wright going to get a beer and get on up in the truck? That’s David Wrong.

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  5. Mario Mendoza says:

    And is that REALLY McCutchen’s walk-up song???

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    • Alexander Nevermind says:

      I’m not sure where the author found these walk-up songs. DesignatedHits dot com shows that McCutchen walks-up to Flux Pavilion (either “Bass Cannon” or “I Can’t Stop”).

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  6. Jesse Jackson says:

    This is an outrage, Miguel Cabrera is not African American, he must be racist.

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  7. tz says:

    So Mike Trout’s walkup song is one of my kids’ favorite songs?

    Then again, he’s the same age as them……I’ll go back to working on my epitaph.

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  8. canuckassassin says:

    Thanks to this post I’ve met my rap music listening quota for the year.

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  9. Surine says:

    It works when you listen to them all at once, after about 30 seconds or so.

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  10. Jake says:

    #3 is pretty incredible if you start the song the second the gif resets.

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  11. dave says:

    not to put a ton of thought into a notgraphs post, but those are not the top 10 batters in baseball, they are the top 10 position players

    #jusayin

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  12. Hark Mimmelstein says:

    Does David Wright really come out to that? Every game I’ve been to/seen it’s been “I got Five one it,” a clever if narcissistic pun related to his uniform number. I don’t recall him coming out to anything else this year.

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