April 17, 2006

BODY ROCK (via Pepys):

Hear My Song, Fear My Fastball: What's the best entrance music for a pitcher coming out of the bullpen? (Daniel Engber, April 14, 2006, Slate)

You may have heard the uproar on sports talk radio: Billy Wagner, the Mets' newly acquired $43-million relief pitcher, races to the mound at Shea Stadium with Metallica's "Enter Sandman" blaring on the PA system. Doesn't he know that Yankees' closer Mariano "The Sandman" Rivera has been using that song in the Bronx for years? Rivera has said that he doesn't mind (he prefers Christian music), but that hasn't stopped Yankees fans from mocking Wagner (even though he's been using the song since 1996, a few years before Rivera). But this cross-town controversy brings up one of baseball's unanswered questions: What's the greatest closer entrance song of all time?

Right now, "Enter Sandman" and "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC are two of the most popular and effective closer themes in baseball. With spare, creepy intros that build to screaming I'm-gonna-get-you vocals, both songs fit the jock-rock genre that's supposed to freak out your opponents and psyche up your fans.

The closer theme in Beantown crisis is finally over, Papelbon has heater, stays cool (Dan Shaughnessy, April 17, 2006, Boston Globe)
He has his own theme music now. ''Bodies," by Drowning Pool.

'' 'Let the bodies hit the floor,' something like that," Jonathan Papelbon said yesterday after stuffing the Seattle Mariners with another 1-2-3 ninth in a 3-2 Red Sox victory. ''I think the fans were more worried about my entrance song than I was. They can send in suggestions if they have some."

For now, it's ''Bodies," which never will be mistaken for ''Three Coins in the Fountain" or ''American Pie." Don't even try dancing to it or humming a few bars. Rodgers & Hammerstein, it ain't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2006 10:35 AM

Greatest entry music ever for a closer? That's easy. Sparky "The Count" Lyle and "Pomp and Circumstance" (the song high school graduates march to).

Re Mets and Yankees music...shortly after the Yankees started playing Sinatra's version of "New York, New York" after the last out of every game (someting like 25 years ago), the Mets tried the same thing....with Liza Minelli's version. Thankfully, that didn't last too long.

Posted by: Foos at April 17, 2006 11:58 AM

I don't know what music Bob Wickman uses here in Cleveland but the scoreboard shows lightning and thunder and Wickman on fire with the caption "The Wick is Lit". It is amazingly over the top.

Nomally, use of fire comparisons with a closer is bad but it plays on Wick's tendency to get tons of saves but only after he puts 2 or 3 on base or allows a run. He does this nearly all the time. A 1,2,3 inning is as rare as a Cubs world series win.

Posted by: Bob at April 17, 2006 11:59 AM

Rock n roll, bah, the devil's music.

Whatever happened to the ball park organ? Instead we get blaring pop music. And much as I hate to admit it, Yankee Stadium seems the absolute worst.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 17, 2006 1:17 PM