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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tell your children not to hear my words

I enjoyed Bill Simmons' anecdote about the Mariano Rivera-Billy Wagner non-feud over Metallica's "Enter Sandman." The New York Times reports today that New York is indeed big enough for the two closers to enter to the song: neither Rivera nor Wagner cares very much, and neither one likes the song especially.
"I don't mind it all," Rivera said last night in Oakland, Calif., when asked about Wagner's joint ownership of the song. "If the guy feels comfortable using that song, hey, let him be, let him be."

Asked if he liked the song, Rivera said: "You want me to tell the truth? I don't want to get in trouble.

"I don't listen to that kind of music," he added, more bluntly. "I don't love the song."

"Enter Sandman" is a step up from Wagner's previous pick, George Strait's "The Fireman."
Jeff Bagwell, his Houston teammate, did not think that was an appropriate song for a closer.

So Bagwell suggested "Enter Sandman," whose lyrics describe a young boy frightened to go to bed because he feared nightmares...

The funniest part is that the lyrics to both songs are included in the article, as though readers should read the lyrics closely and decide which is more appropriate.

ESPN did a feature on at-bat music for every MLB team a couple of years ago. It's out of date, but it's still funny. According to the Boston chart, Manny Ramirez requests four different songs per game and Doug Mientkiewicz solicited the advice of a local metal station when he was in a slump with the Twins.

Keith Foulke has the best music for a closer, Danzig's "Mother" (Simmons has addressed this issue in another column). AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" is another popular one, as is GNR's "Welcome to the Jungle." You can't get much better than Axl's mutter, "Oh my God" at the beginning of the song, although I've noted elsewhere (two-thirds in jest) that the gender implications of the song are ... problematic.

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Blogger spg on Thu Apr 06, 11:15:00 AM:
There's no doubt that you should go glam/hard rock when you're talking at-bat music.

My personal favorite, which I will definitely use when I join the Mets or if/when I ever play competitive kickball again, is Faith No More's "Epic."

But why not get even more creative? In high school I thought I might use the tinkling piano intro to Ben Folds Five's "Philosophy."

After years (really, years...I love this game), it's come down to these two.
 
Blogger Alice on Thu Apr 06, 12:18:00 PM:
My choice used to be Bel Biv Devoe's "Poison" (cued up to the chorus), but I'm reconsidering.

TNT rebroadcast one of the "Law & Order"/ "Homicide: Life on the Street" pair-ups last night, where we learned that former district attorney Adam Schiff (Steven Hill) was a Red Sox fan who never got over '86. It was unclear what ADA Jack McCoy's stake in the matter was. We know he's a fan of the Clash, though.
 
Anonymous Katy on Thu Apr 06, 01:44:00 PM:
I love at-bat music! The Globe did a feature on Red Sox at-bat music last year that's a little outdated now, but you can download the songs--in case someone had a burning desire to do that.

For a while last summer, Keith Foulke was using a country song called (or it had lyrics that went) "Country Boy Will Survive" as his entrance music. This was when he was "embattled." Well, I guess he still is embattled (witness last night's game), but I think he's kind of a jerk. That may or may not be relevant.

Ben probably remembers the time Manny asked for some song that turned out to have obscene lyrics. Nobody figured that out until the song was playing as Manny strolled up to the plate, though. Gotta love Manny.
 
Anonymous Janine on Thu Apr 06, 02:42:00 PM:
Hey Katy, (Hi Ben)
Thanks for the link--I'm hoping that by now dem boys play some friggin Daddy Yankee and Don Omar; if not, what kind of papis are they?! Where is the Platano Pride at bat?!
 
Blogger Ben on Thu Apr 06, 05:29:00 PM:
I don't remember that particular Manny episode....

...but the guy pissed in a friggin' beer cup in the green monster during a game! What is anyone doing trusting him to have any part in anything affecting PR?!

"If I were [the Red Sox PR team] I'd take precaution..."