Ever wonder if the music a closer enters the game to has any effect on his game? For Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma, the answer appears to be a resounding yes. As Aardsma prepared to pitch the eighth inning of his first rehab game with the Tacoma Rainiers his typical entrance music, Saliva's "Ladies and Gentlemen," blared, bringing back that rush he's accustomed to feeling at Safeco Field. Aardsma proceeded to throw just 10 strikes in 22 pitches while giving up a two hits, two walks and a run.â†µ
Was it first game jitters, a struggle to come back from an injury or something more? If Aardsma is to be believed, the answer is something more, specifically his entrance music (via John Hickey at SPNW)â†µ
"It probably got me too amped up,'' Aardsma said Wednesday in describing his return to game action Tuesday after January's surgery on his left hip. `"It got me wanting to throw too hard, do too much.''â†µ
Well then, Seattle: You now have a mission. It's time to find David Aardsma's new entrance music. Tweet us your best (@sbnseattle) and use the hashtag #AardsmaMusic. We'll post the best and pass them on.