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Mets Closers Entrance Songs Ranked

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The Mets’ closer role has been a revolving door since the turn of the century. While a few have had sustained success, a lot of the team’s closers have experienced injuries or were just disappointing. With the many different closers came different entrance songs. While this list could have featured closer songs from the entire league, the Mets have had enough closers since 2000 to constitute a substantial ranking of its own.

Note: Jenrry Mejia, Hisanori Takahashi, and LaTroy Hawkins are omitted from this list because research turned up no results for what their entrance songs were.

12. Luis Ayala: Pacas De A Kilo –– Los Tigres Del Norte

Ayala had a pretty forgettable stretch as the team’s closer after Billy Wagner got injured in 2008. Ayala pitched to a 5.50 earned run average while going 9-for-11 in save opportunities as the Mets narrowly missed the postseason. Just like his time in Flushing, Ayala’s entrance song left plenty to be desired. The energy is not horrible, but it just does not set the right mood for a pitcher to trying lock down a victory. On a pretty tough list, this song has no place but the bottom.

11. Jason Isringhausen: Feels Like Tonight –– Daughtry

Isringhausen split time as the team’s closer in 2011, even locking down his 300th career save that summer. “Feels Like Tonight” is the same tune he used throughout his career. While it is a good song, just like Ayala’s choice, it is not meant to be used by a closer. The energy level is not nearly high enough to get a stadium hyped.

10. Addison Reed: Breaking News (Instrumental) –– MGK

Reed racked up 19 saves in 2017 before getting shipped to the Red Sox that summer. If he used the non-instrumental version, Reed’s choice would rank much higher than 10. Unfortunately, this song is not nearly as electric without MGK’s voice in it. The song is not a bad pick, but it is not a very good one.

9. Braden Looper: Lightning Strikes –– Aerosmith

A lot of Mets fans probably want to forget about Looper‘s tenure with the team, as he blew 13 saves across his two seasons in Flushing. While there is some energy to this song, Looper picked one of the weaker Aerosmith options. Sure, it sets a bit of an intimidating mood, but it does not do much else.

8. Francisco Rodriguez: Sandungueoso –– Tego Calderon

K-Rod used this song before and after his time with the Mets. Just like his disappointing tenure in Flushing, the song’s intro builds up excitement, but it really does not live up to expectations. In fact, the intro supplies basically all of the energy for the song. It is a step up from Looper’s pick, but not by much.

7. Bobby Parnell: Eight Second Ride –– Jake Owen

Parnell showed a ton of promise in 2013 when he racked up 22 saves with a 2.16 ERA before suffering injuries. While country music is not as popular among critics, this song actually has some solid energy to it. It is not a perfect choice by any means, but it has some ninth-inning vibes.

6. Armando Benitez –– Who Let the Dogs Out (Barking Mad Mix) –– Baha Men

This is where the gap between songs gets really tight. “Who Let the Dogs Out” became the Mets’ theme song throughout the 2000 postseason, and it is a perfect song to get any crowd rocking. It’s better suited for a victory song, but this is still a great selection by Benitez.

5. Robert Gsellman: The Stroke –– Billy Squier

Gsellman was only the team’s closer during the second half of the 2018 season, but he came through with a great selection. Any song that begins with drums the way this song does will get a crowd hyped. It could also be a great choice for a walk-up song.

4. AJ Ramos: POWER –– Kanye West

Ramos had a pretty unremarkable stretch with the Mets, but he had a great entrance song. Of all of the great Kanye West songs to pick from, Ramos picked the best one. Between the intense vocals and the instrumental, there is a ton of energy. It gets athletes and spectators alike pumped.

3. Jeurys Familia: Danza Kuduro –– Don Omar

It is not a conventional choice, but during the Mets’ success in 2015 and 2016, no song excited Citi Field more than this one. Yes, it is much more of a dance song and is not super intimidating, but the energy is through the roof. It may be better suited as a celebration tune, but it still makes a strong entrance. Considering how great Familia was during his time as the closer, it might as well have been just a victory song.

2. Edwin Diaz: Narco –– Blasterjazz Feat. Timmy Trumpet

When we ranked the best entrance songs coming into the 2021 season, “Narco” was ranked seventh. After a full season of this song blaring through the Citi Field speakers whenever Diaz enters a game, it might need to be ranked even higher. From the first beat of the song, the energy is high, and then it reaches another level when the trumpets and drums come in. All of that leads into the few lyrics and an electric bass drop. This is a near-perfect choice.

1. Billy Wagner: Enter Sandman –– Metallica

Sorry Sugar, but nothing will ever top Wagner’s choice. There’s a reason why Mariano Rivera also used “Enter Sandman” for his entire career. This song combines high energy with high levels of intimidation. If this is not the perfect entrance song, then we may never know if there is such a thing.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.