Fans in good mood when Lambo bats
When Andrew Lambo is in the on-deck circle, all is calm at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Then Lambo begins his walk up to the plate, and one by one,numerous bodies young and old start wiggling and twisting in violent motions in the stands.
By the time the 6-foot-3 first baseman takes a few practice cuts,sometimes close to a hundred are flailing and grooving, making it obvious his walk-up song, “Harlem Shake” by American DJ Baauer,is a hit with the Curve faithful.
“No, the ‘Harlem Shake’ is not dead,'” Lambo said of the song that was a part of an Internet meme a few months ago. “That’s why I have continued the song because we are going to keep it going strong. I know Altoona,and I know the fans. I know they appreciate the ‘Harlem Shake.'”
But the road to the shaking hasn’t been easy for Lambo. He bounced between a variety of eclectic songs by N’Sync, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears and Frank Sinatra earlier in the year and just recently settled on the song in a homestand with Akron.
“I just think that he should stay away from boy bands, girl songs and Destiny’s Child,” teammate Adalberto Santos joked. “So if this is what he is sticking to, then that’s awesome. I don’t care how long it’s staying around. Backstreet Boys and N’Sync are done.”
According to Santos, who walks up to a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West, a good walk-up song should get the crowd going, and that’s what Lambo’s song does.
With Education Day coming up on Thursday, where thousands of school children will attend an early 10:30 a.m. start, it is expected to be a big hit. However, according to Lambo, the song gets the dugout as well.
“I don’t notice the people in the crowd as much as the dugout. [It] gets a little bit more enthused,” Lambo, who is hitting .299 this year said. “The Britney Spears wasn’t doing it for them. Sinatra definitely wasn’t doing it for them.”
The song may have some magic in it even though Lambo said there is not a direct connection. Despite the Curve going 3-4 at home since the switch to the song, the team has won three consecutive games, the longest winning streak this season.
“It’s been doing its job,” Lambo said. “[I’m a] big fan of the Harlem Shake song, too. I might mix it up depending on where we are at right now. We are doing good right now so you’ve got to keep it where it’s at.”