For a team that has blown five of thirteen saves this season and lost fourteen of sixteen one-run games, you'd hope they had some young stud to bring up from the triple-A farm team. You know, some fireballer with a wicked curveball that makes hitters look foolish, or some crafty sidearmer with a submarine delivery that brings sluggers to their knees.
Or, if the team was the Atlanta Braves, they just pull some old fart off the disabled list and hope he can regain his superior closing form from 4 years ago. Yes, John Smoltz is back! In bullpen form! Manager Bobby Cox says that Smoltz will split the closer duty with Rafael Soriano and Manny Acosta, which is a pretty great idea that more managers should utilize.
But the question we're all asking is: what song will provide the entrance music when Smoltz is summoned from the pen?
"At this point it could be Barney for all I care," Smoltz said Monday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. "As long as those [bullpen] doors open when I push on them."
That's good to hear a professional baseball player cares more about actual pitching performance than some silly song played over the stadium sound system. If only Brad Lidge could feel the same way.
Oh by the way, his first night as a closer was a miserable failure.
(via Baseball Musings)