The scene: October 2018
Boston’s Craig Kimbrel is about to enter a tense playoff recreation. The Red Sox lead by one run. It’s crunch time. Do or die. The opening strains of “Welcome to the Jungle” invade the air at Fenway Park. The crowd goes wild. And right here comes maybe essentially the most intimidating flamethrower in baseball — in a tiny, non-intimidating bullpen cart.
Welcome to the jungle. We’ve received enjoyable and video games, certainly.
While many on the interwebs (together with me) have celebrated the return of the bullpen cart for at least one team (the Diamondbacks) in 2018, some have contemplated a essential (probably not, however kinda) query: What will change into of nearer entrance music if each group makes use of a cart? Will it go away? Will it’s much less cool? Less of a chill-inducing spectacle? Here are my preliminary solutions to these 4 questions:
1) It’ll most likely stay unchanged.
2) See No. 1.
three) I might say so.
The apparent attract of an entrance music for a better is to make his entrance that rather more grand. It’s a pronouncement that one thing particular is occurring, that the sport is about to (most likely) finish in an exhilarating vogue and that we must always all be excited. Think Mariano Rivera and “Enter Sandman,” or Trevor Hoffman and “Hell’s Bells,” or John Smoltz and “Dancing Queen” (that one’s a joke, however, sure, it really happened).
I imply, a bullpen cart cannot do that. https://t.co/ZGrF8ZEgAb
— River Ave. Blues (@RiverAveBlues) March 6, 2018
But I get it: Throw in a bullpen cart to the method and, nicely, that attract loses some luster. Red Sox followers may nonetheless be pumped that Kimbrel’s coming in to shut out a win, however there’s simply one thing about watching him run in from the bullpen that provides gravitas — like a superhero marching onto the scene for all to see, and the dangerous guys figuring out there’s nothing they’ll do about it. Yes, Batman has the Batmobile, however it’s principally a tricked-out battle machine. It exudes energy and intimidation.
A bullpen cart? It’s a tiny cart that wears a hat. It’s only a step up from a clown automobile on the circus. It’s kinda ridiculous if you consider it, however that is additionally why I am all for it.
They’re baaaack! pic.twitter.com/JY4vdkiUeH
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) March 6, 2018
I will pause right here to say that it is unlikely each group will undertake a bullpen cart in 2018, which makes worries about entrance music a bit untimely. We can assume the Diamondbacks are bringing it again at the least partly to assist shave just a few seconds off pitching adjustments within the ongoing quest to quicken the tempo of play. Whether different groups be part of the enjoyable stays to be seen.
But enjoyable is the important thing phrase right here. Any profit to tempo of play is available in a distant second to the whimsical nature and nostalgia of the bullpen cart. But then, entrance songs are principally about enjoyable, too. But if lack of an entrance music diminishes the baseball expertise, if it robs the sport of wanted spectacle, I suppose groups may simply trade the carts for Roman-era chariots.
Or, clear up each points and simply use the Doof Wagon from “Mad Max: Fury Road.”