The 2024 Major League Baseball season is here! And not only that, but we’re deep enough in to start looking at sample sizes, change our perspectives on teams and players, and even see some storylines develop.

Here is my Spotify playlist for this season – 24 songs for ’24. Enjoy.

  1. “April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel – Baseball games may start in March now (or the middle of March if it’s that Korean Series), but this song still feels like baseball starting. It’s a great, chill way to start this playlist. 
  2. “Fools Rush In” by Dale Hollow – As Dale says in the intro to this performance, “It is a song about getting in a little too deep and coming up short when gambling on sports.” Sound familiar? If it does, the National Problem Gambling Helpline can be found at 1-800-GAMBLER.
  3. “Stealing Bases (Hank Aaron)” by Dre DaSon – Today, April 8th, 2024, marks the 50th anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting home run 715 in 1974. We’re cranking it up a notch with this one. 
  4. “ATLiens” by Outkast – We’re keeping the hip-hop going and, speaking of the Braves, I want to tell you that it’s Braves over Orioles in 6 games in the 2024 World Series. 
  5. “B*itch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna – Said bookie Mathew Boyer to Ippei Mizuhara. $4.5 million, to be exact.
  6. “Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift – It’s going to be a long, cruel summer for fans of teams like the Marlins and the White Sox. Also, this song is great and the only way to follow up Rihanna is with Taylor.
  7. “i’m confident that i’m insecure” by Lawrence – Just made me think of Bobby Dalbec. 
  8. “Help!” by The Beatles – Surely Mike Trout feels this way, right? Especially that second verse. 
  9. “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King – The Mets win one game and there’s a damn earthquake. 
  10. “Come to Atlanta” by Faye Webster – Braves over Orioles in 6.
  11. “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley – This is the tune they’ll be singing in…Sacramento…for the next…five years…
  12. “1 step forward, 3 steps back” by Olivia Rodrigo – This must have been how Brian Cashman felt when he traded for Juan Soto and picked up Marcus Stroman in free agency…only to see Gerrit Cole go down with an injury.
  13. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry – Play that funky music, white boy. Have you seen this Orioles AAA lineup
  14. “Three Blind Mice” by Disneyland Children’s Sing-Along Chorus – Speaking of seeing things (or not seeing them), did you know that Angel HernandezLance Barksdale, and Nic Lentz are all on the same umpire crew? 
  15. “Sell Yourself” by Cage the Elephant – This is for all the fans who want their favorite franchise’s owner to sell the team.
  16. “Lonely Millionaire” by Kacey Musgraves – Surely Mike Trout feels this way, right?
  17. “Subaru Crosstrek XV” by Hobo Johnson – This is for all the guys making their debuts this year and cashing their first MLB checks. “I just bought a Subaru Crosstrek / I woulda bought a Lambo but I’m not quite there yet”
  18. “Royals” by Lorde – I think the Royals are going to be sneaky good this year.
  19. “Angels of Fenway” by James Taylor – A song about The Curse of the Bambino. Why now? Well, because we are only five seasons into The Curse of the Mookie. 81 years to go…
  20. “Atlanta” by Logan Bowden – Did I mention Braves over Orioles in 6?
  21. “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears – Home runs? I don’t know, this is a long list.
  22. “cherry blossom” by Kacey Musgraves – Two Kacey songs? Yes! This is in memoriam of the Nationals’ City Connect jerseys with the beautiful cherry blossom design, which will be retired at season’s endWhy would they do that? They are the best uniforms in the league. 
  23. “Ode to the Mets” by The Strokes – I’m so confused about the Mets. Why did they just give up? They tried the blank check thing for…one season? And then just never tried it again? Why? This song is a consolation for all those fans who were promised more.
  24. “End of Beginning” by Djo – Feels full circle. Cubs or White Sox fans can take it as they will, but it feels like the right song to loop us back around to the beginning. 

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