For some reason, Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan isn't making Rookie of the Year lists despite assembling an award-worthy season that finds him in the top 10 amongst his classmates in every offensive category.
That could be because the Marlins are in a relatively weak market, or that despite claiming their 5th winning season in 7 years they need a miracle to make the playoffs. It could be because Coglan took a few months to get swinging.
More likely? It's "Song of the South," quite possibly the least intimidating at-bat music in the history of time. When Coghlan could be reminding pitchers and scribes that his 97 hits since the All-Star break top everyone in baseball -- including that Pujols guy -- he's conjuring thoughts of sweet potatoe pie and "Gone with the Wind."
ESPN.com: At-bat music -- how much thought do you put into it?
Coghlan: You do put thought into it. I think some people downplay that you don't. I come out to "Song of the South" [by] Alabama, just kinda gets me going and I like it a lot.
ESPN.com: What song gets the crowd hyped up?
Coghlan: Well, in South Florida I think anything with a little Latino in it, and I would say probably rap gets them [hyped up]. I'm not sure that Miami likes mine too much, but I would say probably Latin music.
So in just a year with our Marlins, Goghlan's got us pegged (though he refuses to please us). Not only do we like "a little Latino" in our music, we'll even sell him a piece of our football franchise.
Considering his anti-South Florida taste in tunes, it's a wonder then that his teammates are still subjecting Coghlan to rookie hazing by making him sing solos on the bus. His song of choice? Will Smith's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
Yo, homes, smell that iPod later!