I love the ninth innings of ballgames, because that means it’s time for the closer to make his way into the game – which means its that time of the game for some kind of heavy metal song to blare from the speakers. Like WWE wrestlers, closers have to make a splash when they enter the game. I wonder what it says about the personality of MLB closers that inevitably their entrance music is a heavy-metal song?
At any rate, here are the best five entrance songs among current Major League relievers.
5) John Rauch, Washington Nationals: “Wherever I May Roam,” by Metallica. Rauch has filled-in well for the injured Chad Cordero. And while I was chagrined to see one of my fantasy picks go down early, I was pleased this past Friday when I attended the Nats-Brewers game and I heard the heavy thud of this Metallica song playing as Rauch entered the game. There must be something about the “Black Album” and closers, but more on that later.
4) Duaner Sanchez, Mets: “Wild Thing,” by the Troggs. Okay, so Filthy Sanchez isn’t the closer yet, but how can you not love a guy who pays tribute to the movie Major League every time he trots to the mound?
3) Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres: “Hell’s Bells,” by AC/DC. I want to make my way to San Diego before Trevor Hoffman retires just to see him enter a game – and then immediately surrender a game-tying homerun on a 68-MPH changeup.
2) Billy Wagner, Mets: “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica. The other “Black Album” favorite. I suppose that the BA is good for stadium entrance music – heavier than the music Metallica produced afterwards, but not as heavy as the stuff that came prior, and thus less likely to scare the little kids. Now, when I see someone come out to “Dyer’s Eve” or “Damage Inc,” I’ll really be pumped.
Now, some of you may be saying that Mariano Rivera comes out to “Enter Sandman” as well, and that is true. But I will give credit to the guy who used it first. After all, as all informed people know, Wagner started using “Enter Sandman” two years before Rivera – who wasn’t even familiar with Metallica, and had the song thrust upon him by the Yankees’ PR people.
1) J.J. Putz, Seattle Mariners: “Thunderstruck,” by AC/DC. I was sitting in Saefco Field one day when all of a sudden the thunderous (pardon the pun) sounds of the drums from this most kickass of all AC/DC songs started up. Out came JJ Putz to close out the game, and even I was ready to take the ball and whiff the entire White Sox lineup when this was playing.