Bats at Bat: Who’s on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball?

The stadiums may be empty, but believe it or not, the MLB playoffs have arrived. And where general audiences are kept away, you can’t keep Gotham’s first family in vigilantism off the diamond. No, they pretty much go wherever they please, whether it’s through the iron gates of Arkham Asylum, atop the roof of Gotham Central, or across the field of the local stadium. But that does beg a rather important question to fans who love their baseball as much as their Batman: In a dugout full of the Dark Knight’s greatest allies, who plays what position? Even more important, what’s their walk-up song as they come up to bat? Here’s where we’ve landed on this most important issue…

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Batman

Jersey Number: #27 (His Detective Comics debut.)

Position: Center Field (He commands the outfield.)

Walk-Up Song: All he needs are four notes to strike fear and awe into his enemies. That dramatic horn swell from Shirley Walker’s score for Batman: The Animated Series. You know the one: “Ba, ba, BA-BAAAAAAA!!!”

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Dick Grayson

Jersey Number: #38 (Ditto.)

Position: First Base (Obviously.)

Walk-Up Song: “Entry of the Gladiators.” You probably know it as that one circus song that plays when the clowns come out. But try and divorce it from that cultural cache and you’ll feel the original sense of grandeur and wonder that the piece entailed, like you were about to witness something joyous and mesmerizing the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Can’t take the circus out of the boy.

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Jason Todd

Jersey Number: #72 (If you get it, you get it.)

Position: Second Base (Naturally.)

Walk-Up Song: Ever the rebel, Jason’s going with something hardcore, with an attitude that expresses how he’s gonna do things his way alone, and probably do it better than you. “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine would be perfect. We’re thinking…oh…around 4 minutes and 12 seconds in.

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Tim Drake

Jersey Number: #89 (The year he came on the scene.)

Position: Third Base (Inevitably.)

Walk-Up Song: Duckboy’s just a big ol’ nerd, and that’s why we love him. So, he’s probably going to pick an intricate math rock song. Probably a choice refrain from the middle of “2112” by Rush.

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Damian Wayne

Jersey Number: #1 (He accepts nothing less.)

Position: Shortstop (Do NOT call him “Shortstop.”)

Walk-Up Song: “Ride of the Valkyries.” Damian’s approach to the plate is nothing short of operatic in its epic proportions. At least, that’s how he sees it.

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Duke Thomas

Jersey Number: #12 (That’s all the issues he got in We Are Robin.)

Position: Catcher (Rock solid, unshakeable.)

Walk-Up Song: Duke really came into his own around 2015 as part of the street team of unauthorized Robins in the DCYou era, so he’s probably really into the mid-10s hip hop scene. Something like “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar.

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Barbara Gordon

Babs doesn’t have a field position—she’s the field manager. Any diehard baseball fan will tell you that the game is really more of a competition of strategy than athleticism. And in the great game, it’s the field manager who moves the pieces around. Barbara’s experience as Oracle makes her the most vital team member to success—a skill set and expertise which would be wasted if she were relegated to playing a mere field position. You know, not that we’re making a point or anything. What’s an analogy?

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Helena Bertinelli

Jersey Number: #13 (In Italian culture, it’s a lucky number!)

Position: Pitcher (Accurate AF.)

Walk-Up Song: Helena’s way too cool for the room, or any arena. But if she’s gotta take the field, she’s gonna go full Madonna from A League of Their Own. One of her ‘80s hits, like “Into the Groove.”

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Kate Kane

Jersey Number: #52 (The series from whence she came.)

Position: Designated Hitter (She does have the most experience, after all.)

Walk-Up Song: Whatever song you’re thinking of, it’s not gay enough. “All the Things She Said” by t.A.T.u is a good starting point, but she can probably do better.

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Cassandra Cain

Jersey Number: #25 (Her victory number.)

Position: Left Field (Fast as the wind, reflexes unmatched, she’s exactly the sort of player you want where the toughest balls go.)

Walk-Up Song: Similar to Dick and Damian, but she’s serious about it and always delivers. Cass is all about balletic movement. This isn’t sport to her—this is poetry. Play her onto the field gently with Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” and before long, you’ll believe a ball can fly.

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Stephanie Brown

Jersey Number: #0 (Tell her she can’t have it, she’ll only wear it harder.)

Position: Right Field (Where the fewest balls go. She’s busy heckling the other team.)

Walk-Up Song: “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by Rick Astley. Every single time.

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Alex Jaffe is the author of the “Ask the Question” column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DCComics.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexJaffe.