Where did walkup music come from?

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There’s an article over at NBC Washington by Kate Kilpatrick about walkup music. It’s been around for a while — and pro wrestling fans have been aware of it even longer — but where did it come from?  Part of the answer was totally news to me:

Twenty years ago, only a few major league players had walk-up songs. These days nearly all of them do, thanks in part to a spunky young organist, a salesman’s CD collection and a transvestite prostitute named Lucille.

If that tease doesn’t get you to read the article, there’s no hope for you. And while I was well aware of the spunky young organist — Nancy Faust, pictured to the rights — how I never heard about the transvestite prostitute story — which involves Dave Stewart — is an utter mystery to me.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.