With Spring Training right around the corner, baseball fanatics, like myself, tend to over-analyze possibilities for the forthcoming season.
From last season’s All-Star Game, the 2004 ALCS Game 7, the 2009 World Series Game 6 to Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte’s retrieval of Mo from the mound for the last time at Yankee Stadium…. I felt blessed to have seen this man’s substantial career. Well, most of it anyway.
Admittedly, I got emotional as the realization that I will never see this man run out to Metallica’s Enter Sandman in the ninth inning again finally hit me.
Talk about being in denial, as I felt like the poster child for the term taking something for granted.
Moving forward, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told the NY Post that the plan is to hand the baseball to Mo’s right-hand man David Robertson in the ninth-inning. Hal went as far to say that, “He’s the number one candidate.”
D-Rob (aka Houdini) has arguably been the elite eighth inning, set-up-man in the game. The now 28-year old even earned an All-Star spot back in 2009.
But D-Rob’s pitching skills are not the issue here.
What I want to know is what theme song will D-Rob replace Enter Sandman with?
Growing up in Arkansas, and attending University of Alabama makes me believe that country music is probably hogging most of D-Rob’s iPod.
And the fact that in all six of his career saves, D-Rob had Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd blasting as he jogged to the bump verifies his preferred genre.
But Sweet Home Alabama just doesn’t cut it for Mo’s successor, as it lacks the bad ass-ness that Enter Sandman delivered.
Personally, I do love this Lynyrd Skynard song but since D-Rob is from that state makes it too easy.
Remember Mo is from Panama, and Yankees management didn’t try Enter Sandman until 1999 and with Padres closer Trevor Hoffman’s coming out to Hells Bells, it just worked. Mo had never heard Metallica before he cemented the song in baseball history.
What alternative songs would I suggest for D-Rob to run out too at the top of the ninth?
Here (in random order) are my top 12 alternatives entrance songs for D-Rob to consider:
- “Bawitdada” – Kid Rock
- “Backwoods” – Justin Moore
- “Save a Horse (ride a cowboy)” – Big & Rich
- “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns & Roses
- “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
- “Coming to your City” – Big & Rich
- “Kiss my Country Ass” – Blake Shelton
- “My Maria” – Brooks & Dunn
- “Mountain Music” – Alabama
- “Indian Outlaw” – Tim McGraw
- “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
- “Back Where It All Begins” – The Allman Brothers
Very random rap bonuses: “Paid in Full” –Eric B. & Rakim or “Ride With Me” – Nelly
FYI…. Please keep in mind that I barely ever listen to country music so I threw in a few other songs too.
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