BLOG: Travis Hafner's a heavy metal man

Tom Jackson
Apr 18, 2011

Did you ever wonder what kind of music small town kids in North Dakota listen to? I would have guessed country music, but apparently German heavy metal music is big, too.

That's what Cleveland Indians slugger Travis Hafner listens to, anyway. Hafner was born in Jamestown, N.D., home of the world's largest buffalo statue, although he attended high school in Sykestown, which apparently has a population of about 150.

When Hafner comes to the plate to bat, he wants the stadium sound system to play tunes by Rammstein, the German hard rock band. I learned that reading this wonderful article by Anthony Castrovince, about which tunes are chosen by the Tribe's current players. (Disappointingly, Carlos Santana did not pick music by Carlos Santana.)

Fun fact: Travis Hafner has hit more home runs than any other player born in North Dakota —  180 so far. He's No. 345 on the all time list of  home run hitters, but moving up the list, with four already this year.