After Mets closer Edwin Diaz’s entrance from the bullpen to the field went viral online last week, former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon made a bold claim about his entrance music when he was an active player.
“Everybody wants to talk about Diaz these days,” Papelbon told “The Bradfo Sho” podcast.
“I gotta let some of these people know where the walk-out song came out, and who is No. 1 all-time. When you hear ‘Shipping Up to Boston’, you know what’s up,” Papelbon added.
Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera used to take the field to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, and his entrance had long been seen as one of the best in baseball history.
Papelbon would put his “Shipping Up to Boston” entrance over Rivera too.
“Yeah, above Mariano. Mari-who?,” Papelbon added.
In fact, Papelbon would put Diaz’s entrance just behind his in the hierarchy.
“No question [Shipping Up to Boston] is the best of all time. You gotta look at a lot of different things when it comes into play. No. 1 - the fans. The fans in Boston, they went nuts. Yankee Stadium with Mo was all great and everything but it didn’t have the same effect.
“I will say Diaz is a close second to Cinco Ocho,” Papelbon said.
The best entrance in baseball history?
That’ll be for the fans to decide.
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