Curse any further discourse when it comes to the toxic pseudo-rivalry between the New York Yankees and New York Mets, but if speaking the truth comes at expense of that, then so be it. Can't support the spread of misinformation.
This week, former Yankees closer and first-ever unanimous baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera appeared on Fox 5 NY and spoke with Jennifer X. Williams, who asked about how Mo felt about fans/pundits comparing Mets closer Edwin Diaz's entrance music (Narco by Blasterjaxx) to his iconic "Enter Sandman" spectacle.
To the dismay of Mets fans (which will only further embolden their jealousy) and Timmy Trumpet, Rivera said there's "no comparison." Yup, can see it already! Mets fans in the mentions of these tweets are saying "rent free" (a misuse of the phrase), "Why is he so insecure?" and "So much for being humble!".
Mo kept a straight face, didn't raise his voice, and was immediately sure of his answer, which wasn't even really controversial? How does that response suggest anything negative? He wasn't asked to compare how "fun" or "entertaining" the songs/entrances are. Was he supposed to interpret the question differently?
"Enter Sandman" was a phenomenon for 17 years across four World Series championships. Timmy's Trumpets have only been blared through the Citi Field speakers for two seasons and the Mets haven't gotten past the wild card round.
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Admittedly, it wouldn't have been the worst thing if Rivera talked about the influence each song and general ballpark moment had on the sport, but that wouldn't exactly be in line with his personality. He's serious, fairly blunt, and to the point. Makes sense how he was dialed in all those years.
But even if this were discussed from a cultural context, we'd venture to say there's really no comparison between Metallica (arguably the greatest metal band of all time) and Blasterjaxx (house music).
Otherwise, at the moment, all Diaz has on Mo is his record-setting contract that he signed this offseason. And good for him, he deserved it. He put together a lights-out year and rebounded tremendously since his disaster of a 2019.
As for the trumpets, though? Not sure they can compare to the Enter Sandman (one billion listens on Spotify) guitar riff followed by the bass drum that would shake Yankee Stadium. And let's not dare compare Diaz's slider to Rivera's cutter, for the love of God.