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Twins’ Brian Dozier changes walk-up music in the pursuit of ‘street cred’


Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier received enough grief from his friends back home that he has decided to go away from the country music he loves for his walk-up music, instead opting to completely reverse course and go with an entirely kind of jam.

Last season, Dozier used Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA” for his at-bat music at Target Field. To silence his wisenheimer pals in his hometown of Fulton, Miss., the second baseman will be using Flo Rida’s “GDFR” to establish what Dozier refers to as a pursuit of some “street cred.”

“I come from the south, and I love country music,” Dozier said, via a Pioneer Press report. “That was always my bread and butter. … I like rap music; that’s a side of me people probably might not know.”

The second baseman says he usually puts little stock in such trivial matters.

“I’m not a guy that puts a lot of emphasis on all that kind of stuff,” Dozier said. “I don’t need to be pumped up. I’d rather be mellow and have something to keep me a little calm.”

Dozier said he worked with his buddies for about a week on selecting a new at-bat track, finally arriving at the Flo Rida song. He hopes the track sticks.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I’m not that superstitious. Hopefully, I will get off to a decent start with it.”

Walk-up music has become something of an amusing aside when it comes to better understanding the personalities of ballplayers — the choices by Jayson Werth and Troy Tulowitzki, for example, both garnered quite a bit of attention over the years with their song choices. But no one created quite the stir that the Athletics’ Josh Reddick did with his choice of the George Michael slow jam, “Careless Whisper.”

Dozier’s teammates, meanwhile, appear to be pretty impressed in Dozier’s sea change in song choice.

“I said, ‘Geez, you got gangsta this offseason,’ ” Mauer joked. “I kind of like it. But we’ll see how it fits.”