It was a classy move by those at Citi Field to allow Mariano Rivera to run out to the mound alone at the All-Star Game to the same song he’s been entering to since 1999. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica has been the resounding theme song to Rivera’s career and a staple in any Yankees’ save situation.
For a pitcher, a simple selection or browse through iTunes can help epitomize moments in October as ones that will give fans, young and old, goosebumps for years to come. Music has the kind of power to reinforce momentum and adrenaline and to inspire the players on the field.
Or it can leave the opposing batters yawning instead of cowering with intimidation. The choice is that of the pitcher.
From eccentric bullpen boys to the quiet forces, check out some of the most noteworthy musical selections from around the league.