Next to finding creative ways to kill time until your services are needed, picking the right entrance song is crucial to being a successful big league closer.
With that in mind, Javy Guerra might be onto something big with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The second-year stopper has selected a Mexican mariachi song as a tribute to his roots as the son of Mexican immigrants.
Retired stopper Trevor Hoffman had "Hell's Bells" and Yankees legend Mariano Rivera leaves the bullpen in the Bronx to the tune of "Enter Sandman," but Guerra's musical choice is far from the norm.
Guerra is your typical 26-year-old, enjoying rap and hip-hop music, but the Dallas area native tells the Los Angeles Times he wanted his entrance song to recognize his, and many of the Dodgers fans' heritage. Longtime Spanish language broadcaster Pepe Yniguez was recruited to help select the song. He picked Mariachi Vargas' "La Negra" to the delight of fans at Chavez Ravine.
With the team playing well and the fans going gaga for his tunes, Guerra says the song will stick around.
While not a household name, Guerra has five saves in the first week of the season for the Dodgers who are off to their best start since 1981.
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