ESPN Music: Jonathan Papelbon
April, 16, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
The early days of the baseball season are a crucial time here at Sounds. That's when we find out the really important stuff, such as what music players will use when they enter the game or step up to the plate. Or if our fantasy draft was a bust. But mainly the music stuff.
Jonathan Papelbon's entrance music was a hot topic this offseason. The new Phillies closer ditched the Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping Up To Boston" (which was a rather obvious decision).
But we've eagerly awaited his entrance to see what the speakers delivered.
The result: We're still not positive. Last week, Papelbon entered Wednesday's game to Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" but took the mound on Thursday for his first save situation to Marilyn Manson's "Antichrist Superstar."
In a wide-ranging interview that includes a discussion of showering with Hunter Pence and kicking a man's prosthetic leg (not at the same time), Papelbon said that he's "tinkering," and hinted at using a P.O.D. song.
In San Diego, The Nuge has nailed down the job for San Diego Padres closer Huston Street.
Street told Don Norcross of UT-San Diego that he was rushed as a rookie, picking a Nas instrumental because he had five minutes to decide on game day.
This time around, with the pressure of being in the same city where Trevor Hoffman famously entered to AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," Street took his time.
Street decided on Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" at the urging of Padres strength and conditioning coach Jim Malone, who told Norcross:
“Ted Nugent, he’s out of his mind. That’s the kind of controlled craziness, if I were a closer, I’d want to come out to.”
With that, Jim Malone leads the league in understatements this season.
Got a favorite song a player is using, or a suggestion for one? Let us know in the comments.