Ready for this Hjelle: Giants reliever Sean Hjelle explains why he chose ‘Bootylicious’ for walk-up song

Opposing batters aren’t ready for this Hjelle.

Pitchers and batters alike have walk-up music for when they take the mound or step up to the plate at their home ballparks. Giants reliever Sean Hjelle chose the Destiny’s Child song “Bootylicious.”

The 2001 hit, which has since led to the word “bootylicious” being added to the Oxford English Dictionary, was always meant for him, Hjelle said Friday.

“I think, whether they knew it or not, I think Destiny’s Child made that song for me to come out to into the game,” Hjelle told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Laura Britt. “So I’m really, really appreciative to those wonderful ladies for doing that for me. And all I can do is just groove to the song and kind of honor them in that way. I grew up on it, so I’ve got to honor some of the greats.”

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When Hjelle enters the game, one specific lyric leads into his appearance: “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” That starts the main chorus of the song, but the 27-year-old pitcher chose it for a specific reason.

Sean Hjelle name pronunciation

Why does it make sense for Hjelle to have “Bootylicious” as his walk-up song? It’s not him bragging about his backside. Rather, it has everything to do with his name.

Hjelle is pronounced “jelly.” When he enters into the game, one could interpret the 2001 Billboard chart-topper as saying, “I don’t think you’re ready for this Hjelle.”

Sean Hjelle name origin

The name Hjelle has Norwegian roots. Family Search says the name stems from the Old Norse words hjallr or hjalli, which mean ledge or terrace.

Hjelle’s father has Norwegian-German roots, while his mother has Italian-Polish ancestry, according to his team biography.

Sean Hjelle height

Hjelle gives opposing batters a unique look from the mound. He stands 6-11, making him not only the tallest player in the majors in 2024 but tied for the tallest player in baseball history.

Only former big league reliever Jon Rauch, also 6-11, keeps Hjelle from holding sole possession of the record for tallest player in baseball history, according to the Lahman Database.

Tallest players in MLB history

Player Position Years Height
Sean Hjelle P 2022-present 6-11
Jon Rauch P 2002-13 6-11
Andrew Brackman P 2011 6-10
Eric Hillman P 1992-94 6-10
Randy Johnson P 1988-2009 6-10
Andy Sisco P 2005-07 6-10
Aaron Slegers P 2017-21 6-10
Chris Young P 2004-17 6-10

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