Friday, April 8, 2011
Jordan Walden searches for the right tune
By Mark Saxon
As of 90 minutes before Friday's Angels home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, closer Jordan Walden still hadn't picked out any entrance music.
"I have no idea," Walden said. "I'll probably go inside and make something up here."
That's how sudden Walden's elevation has been, from struggling minor-league starter to major-league closer in less than a year. Manager Mike Scioscia named Walden, 23, his ninth-inning specialist over struggling veteran Fernando Rodney on Tuesday.
Entrance music is part of a closer's persona, particularly since Mariano Rivera started coming into games at Yankee Stadium with Metallica's "Enter Sandman" blaring and Trevor Hoffman entered games in San Diego to AC/DC's "Hells Bells." For years, Troy Percival jogged to the Angel Stadium mound to the song, "Stay Away," by Godsmack.
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