Phillies hire DJs for live show during World Series BP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies are keeping the successes ahead at this World Series.

On the dashboard – and from Billboard.

As NL champions Kyle Schwarber and the Phillies practiced batting before Game 3 on Tuesday night, Mr. Hollywood DJ and DJ Smooth stood behind a turntable near the house dugout, spinning tunes at from a playlist created by backup receiver Garrett Stubbs.

“A lot of guys have the music they like, and then I ended up putting it all together,” Stubbs said.

The clubhouse dance parties were a staple celebration for the team during this October run, with Calum Scott’s cover of “Dancing on My Own” the signature song. But the team also produced jams before games, after the players decided at the start of the season that they wanted the right music to set the mood.

“They asked for it, so we said, ‘It’s easy,'” recalled Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations.

So they brought in Mr Hollywood DJ, otherwise known as Everett Jackson, 39, and DJ Smooth, aka Austin Sotoloff, 30.

Stubbs assembles the playlists, also used for those post-game shots. Through early drills and batting practice, the music vibrates from the stadium’s sound system. Players hesitated between swings at times on Tuesday as they prepared to face the Houston Astros.

“They kind of wanted to pump it up a bit more, bring some energy. Players love it. They’re having a great time,” Mr. Hollywood DJ said.

Stubbs, a 29-year-old from San Diego, was acquired by the Phillies last November from the Astros. He greeted Houston general manager James Click and manager Dusty Baker with hugs as they walked past the batting cage.

Stubbs’ taste is perhaps more traditional than most of his bandmates: his background music is Frank Sinatra’s version of “That’s Life” by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon.

“I love all music, so it’s easy for me to put a lot of songs in there that they like,” Stubbs said. “I don’t know much about the rap genre. (Outfielder Brandon) Marsh is the guy to go to for rap music.

Baker recalled Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” being chosen for him as free music at Triple-A Richmond in 1970–71. At the time, players had no choice.

“I probably would have had three or four depending on what mood I was in,” said the 19-year-old major league outfielder. “Reggae music to Tupac (Skakur) or something to prepare me. I use it now to prepare myself or to calm down, whatever I need – or to be angry or to calm down. Music does that for me. The first thing I do after reading, I turn on my music and my wife says, Turn the music down. So I put on the t-shirt that says, “If the music is too loud, it means you’re getting too old.”

Scott’s “Dancing on My Own” is reserved for playing in the ballpark and clubhouse after wins. The entertainer didn’t perform it live at the park, but Stubbs may be hoping it will pass if the Phillies win the series. They entered a 1-1 tie with Houston on Tuesday.

“He won’t play until we get this thing on our fingers,” Stubbs said. “People can expect something from him probably if we see him through to the end.”

On-pitch DJs have appeared in a few stadiums this season. At Yankee Stadium, slugger Giancarlo Stanton brought along his longtime friend and DJ ShaneO to mix things up.

At the SkyDome in Toronto during the 1992 series, the sound system played rock when the Jays practiced and elevator music—classic and intermediate—for Atlanta. The Braves returned the musical favor with the reverse before Game 6 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

“I’d love to do that. I’ve got ‘Careless Whisper’ on deck, just in case,” said Mr. Hollywood DJ, referencing a George Michael smooth jazz track. the atmosphere.”

The pair packed up when the Phillies finished BP at 6 p.m. and moved to a pit in the second deck beyond first base, where they spin tunes in the game.

When the Astros practiced, they were greeted by Dua Lipa and Elton John’s remix “Cold Heart,” and Harry Styles’ “Music for a Sushi Restaurant.”

“Mind games,” Stubbs said.


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