Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Los Angeles Dodgers walk-up songs are a point of interest each season, and while that primarily centers around position players due the universal designated hitter, Shelby Miller was something of an exception against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 1.
Miller entered the game in the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding an 11-4 lead. As he jogged in from the Dodgers bullpen, “Ella Baila Sola” by Peso Pluma played on the Dodger Stadium speakers. That elicited loud cheers from fans in attendance, many of whom sung along to the smash hit.
Most may not have expected Miller to be the Dodgers relief pitcher who used Peso Pluma for his warmup song, but he’s embraced it at the urging of Brusdar Graterol, Julio Urías and others, in part because of a resemblance to the Mexican singer also known as ‘Doble P.’
“Graterol and Julio and bunch of the Latin guys call me Peso Pluma,” Miller explained to DodgerBlue.com in an exclusive interview.
“So I ended up choosing that as a walk-out song and knew it would probably be a hit with the crowd. I think it’s a great song. I don’t know exactly what it’s saying, I think it’s something about a girl dancing alone, but I like the vibe of it. I like the flow.”
Although Miller doesn’t have a full grasp of the Spanish lyrics, he intends to keep using Peso Pluma when entering games.
Miller did not appear in the remaining two games of the Phillies series, but Friday offers a new opportunity to get fans signing as the Dodgers begin a homestand.
Shelby Miller at-bat
After finishing off the eighth inning against the Phillies, Miller’s spot in the Dodgers lineup came up because they forfeited the designated hitter spot with prior changes in the blowout. The at-bat was Miller’s first since the 2021 season.
“Bob (Geren) came up to me and was like, ‘You’re hitting seven away. Be ready in case you’ve got to do it.’ I wasn’t thinking it was going to happen because we were so far away,” Miller said.
“Then I saw them bring in a position player, and I was like, ‘This opportunity could be real.’ Obviously, I got an at-bat, and I don’t think I’ve had one of those since 2018 maybe. It was pretty funny to get in there and have some fun with it.”
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