Yankee fans are acting like...well...Yankee fans early in the season.
Fans of the Yankees are already whining over new Mets' closer Billy Wagner using "Enter Sandman" as his entrance song. If you've heard that song in baseball games before it's because Yankees closer Mariano Rivera uses it when he comes out. So who used it first? Technically, Billy used it first in 1996 when he was with Houston. Rivera started using that song in 1999. Even then he didn't pick out the song. Yankee stadium personnel likeD the reaction in San Diego the previous season when Trevor Hoffman entered games to AC/DC's "Hell's Bells". So they settled on "Enter Sandman" with no input from Mariano. That's not even his kind of music.
"I met (Metallica's) James (Hetfield) last year, but I don't listen to that kind of music," Rivera said. "Everyone just identifies me with the song. I listen to Christian music."
But you can't really come out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series hearing Christian music. You'll be throwing the ball underhanded to the plate.
Wagner got a heads up from Mets teammates in spring training that Yankees fans might get riled up about him using the same music he replied
"Nah, surely they're definitely brighter people than that."
That's like saying the guy next to me with the knife and blood all over his hands sitting next to me isn't going to hurt me. I'll just take a quick nap.
Mariano is cool about this whole thing and finds it amusing, which he should. He just realizes it's a song. Yet the Yankee fans are, of course, making it sound like the sun has spun out of rotation in the universe. Guess the season is still early enough so there's not enough complaining to do yet about their own team.
(Picture from Song belongs to Met-tallica [NY Daily News]
Wagner ends on sour note[NY Daily News]
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