McHugh enlisting fans' advice for walk-out song

McHugh enlisting fans' advice for walk-out song

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh is asking for your help.

McHugh took to Twitter on Tuesday to ask fans to help him pick his walk-out song for the upcoming season by adding them to his Spotify playlist. McHugh spent his time driving to the ballpark on Wednesday checking out some of the suggestions, which covered a wide range. The list was 600 songs long as of Wednesday morning.

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"People have some interesting tastes for what they would walk out to for sure," McHugh said. "I was listening to some good ones for sure. I had some classic rock on there, some Jimi Hendrix, and some grungers with Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, some solid ones. Then you get the strange, odd ones like "Colors in the Wind" from the soundtrack to Pocahontas and some ballads from Joni Mitchell. I don't know. People have interesting tastes."

McHugh, who last year came out to "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift, comes from a musical family and can play the saxophone, bass clarinet, drums and ukulele. He says there's a few characteristics a good walk-out song should have.

"It's got to be upbeat," he said. "It's got to have a good beat, something solid with some nice bass with the Minute Maid speakers."

McHugh said he will decide on the song by Opening Day.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.