It has taken a couple of years for the New York Mets fanbase to really welcome Edwin Diaz with open arms. His career in Queens got off to a disastrous start but over the last few seasons, he has shown significant improvement to the point where now he could possibly be the best closer in all of baseball. On top of that re-signing him is of the utmost importance.
Diaz has earned it. He has had a spectacular season and should get Cy Young votes as well as MVP votes.
Not only has Diaz's play endeared him to the Flushing Faithful but his walk-up entrance from the bullpen has become a spectacle in New York. Not since Mariano Rivera came out to Metallica’s Enter Sandman for the Yankees, has a closer’s entrance been this electric & publicized. All of that is thanks to Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet’s song “Narco.”
It has become such a huge hit at Citi Field this season that even Timmy Trumpet came out to play it live during Diaz’s entrance to close out a game against the Dodgers at the end of August. It was a fun moment that the Mets fanbase ate up and Timmy promised he would return again.
The question though is when should the Mets bring back Timmy Trumpet?
Now let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of the song and of his performance at Citi Field so I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way but I don’t think Timmy should return this season until the Mets win it all.
If the Mets were to win the World Series this year the perfect time to bring out Timmy Trumpet would be at the ticker tape parade.
I know that bringing in Edwin Diaz to Narco is a big deal but what if Diaz, for some reason, has a bad outing or even worse, blows a game? There would definitely be some media backfire or some reference to “LOLMets,” which this team has been able to navigate away from this season.
Following Timmy Trumpet’s appearance at Citi Field, the Mets went on a short skid and people were already starting to question if he was a jinx or not. It was a ridiculous thought but that was unfortunately the tone we were heading for. I can’t even imagine the uproar we would hear if that happened in the playoffs. It’s unwarranted and unnecessary.
Back in 2000, the Mets rallying cry (whether we wanted it or not) was the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out.” So right before Game 4 of the World Series against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees, the Baha Men did a live performance of the song. Instead of it being a fun performance for all to enjoy, the Mets were ripped for it even by their co-owner at the time, Nelson Doubleday.
Narco has been embraced by those Flushing Faithful, way more than Who Let The Dogs Out. With that said I just don’t think it is necessary to have Timmy Trumpet play for a game or throughout the postseason. Timmy is a nice guy and has even been following Mets fans on social media. He doesn’t need or deserve any backlash.
Hopefully, the Mets can hoist the World Series trophy, and Timmy Trumpet can play to the tune of Narco all the way through the Canyon of Heroes!