In the world of at-bat music, Mims’ “This Is Why I’m Hot” is a dicey proposition; a player who falls into a funk, yet continues to walk out to that music, is basically inviting the crowd to bring on the booing. So it’s kind of ballsy for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has gotten an inordinate amount of crap from Yankee fans since he joined the team in 2004, to pick the song this year–especially since he seems to have done so by accident:
When Rodriguez picked “This Is Why I’m Hot” to be his musical anthem, he could not have imagined how snugly it would match his performance. Rodriguez is definitely hot with 12 home runs and 31 runs batted in in his first 16 games, hotter than any major leaguer.
“I’m the most illiterate music person,” Rodriguez said. “Someone told me it was the hottest song.”
Mims, who grew up on 164th Street and often stared at the Stadium from the roof of his apartment building, said that he was flattered that Rodriguez hears his tune before attacking pitches.
“I can see why someone would use it,” Mims said in a telephone interview. “What is hot? It’s all about being confident. For him to hit homers, he’s got to be confident.”
Hey, who knows? Perhaps the power of Mims’ simple philosophy will help A-Rod stay in the “Hot” zone all season. If it does, we have a suggestion for his next musical pick: Anything by the band Clutch.