Last night, 43-year-old Yankees legend Mariano Rivera made his final All-Star Game appearance. He entered in the 8th inning from the bullpen to a standing ovation with a familiar tune blaring from the Citi Field speakers — “Enter Sandman.”
The Metallica anthem has been synonymous with the greatest closer of all time for well over a decade. Rivera’s jog from the outfield is undoubtedly one of the coolest traditions in baseball, but is it the best use of “Enter Sandman” in sports?
5. Billy Wagner
Wagner became back-page fodder in New York when the closer continued to use “Enter Sandman” as his entrance music when he moved to the Mets. Fans and sports writers in the Big Apple considered it borderline heresy for someone to tread on Mariano Rivera’s territory. Wagner never backed down — in true closer fashion — and recorded 101 saves a Met, though he was always in the shadow of his cross-town rival.
3. Brock Lesnar
I’ll be the first to admit that other than watching the movie Warrior a dozen times I don’t really know the first thing about MMA. Nevertheless, as a human being with a healthy fear of men that can crush my skull without breaking a sweat, I can say it’s quite intimidating to watch Brock Lesnar stride into the octagon.
1. Virginia Tech Football
Yes, Rivera’s use of “Enter Sandman” predates Virginia Tech, but there is nothing more chilling than everyone in Lane Stadium jumping up and down with this song blaring under the lights in Blacksburg. And before you lambast my decision…watch the video.