Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Timmy Trumpet Meets the Mets Closer Who Has Made His Song An Unlikely Summer Hit

Mets closer Edwin Diaz with Timmy Trumpet on Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field. Photo courtesy @Mets on Twitter.


The song of the summer in New York is "Narco," by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet, which welcomes Mets closer Edwin Diaz as he makes his way in from the bullpen, energinizing the crowd along the way, as he makes it to he mound to finish off another victory.

Timmy Trumpet paid Diaz a visit on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the opening game of their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

If Diaz pitches on Tuesday night, Timmy will perform "Narco" live.

Since the Mets have become a must-watch and are energizing their fans the most they have in years, the interest in "Narco," which was released in 2017. It hit the No. 1 spot on Spotify's Viral 50 chart this month, and this week it reached No. 13 on Billboard's digital song sales chart.

Diaz used this song as his entrance music while he pitched for the Seattle Mariners in 2018, the year before he was traded to New York.

"When I was in Seattle, they showed me four or five songs, and I liked that the most," Diaz said in front of the Mets dugout on Tuesday afternoon, who has come to known Timmy "this year, when the song went viral."

Diaz did not use it in his first season with the Mets in 2019, as he explained, "Coming to New York, it's more of a Latin place, I played a Puerto Rican song, and then after this season, my wife told me, 'you should use 'Narco' again,'so I used it in the pandemic - no fans were here, but I used it, so it really started last year."

Timmy Trumpet, who is Australian, was with Diaz on the field, and he said of the renewed interest in his song, "Absolutely insane, it's incredibly humbling and a great honor that world-class athletes, you know, using my song as inspiration to run onto the pitch, and as I said before, this guy's such a professional, he could do this with any song. 

"I'm very thankful to the Mets supporters and anyone that's adding this track to their playlist and supporting 'Narco,' but most importantly, I want to thank Diaz because he's the one that picked it and I'm really, really thankful and I don't have the words. 

"I'm really excited about tonight and I can't wait to see Edwin Diaz play this at the World Series for a victory. I'll be there for that one!"

Diaz has 28 saves this year, along with a 3-1 record a 1.40 ERA, and leads all relievers in Major League Baseball with 99 strikeouts, as he reclaimed the form he had when he played "Narco" four years ago in Seattle, when he had 57 saves.

Mets Manager Buck Showalter was asked about Diaz, his entrance music, and how key he is to the Mets' fortunes, in his pregame press conference on Tuesday afternoon, and he said, "It's about tonight's game with the Dodgers, these nine innings, it's not about what happens down the road, we'll deal with that when we get there.

"Think about the power to make trumpets play...I think, obviously, when Edwin's pitching, it means we're ahead in the game and it's late. It may be the eighth inning, may be the ninth inning, and a lot of things have to happen. We've got to catch the ball for the most part, you got to sometimes pitch that eighth inning or ninth inning, a lot has to happen. It's more than just that inning, but with Edwin, we like our chances.

"You see it all the times in these games, that's why I never call them a 'blown save,' I hate that expression because if something's blown, it's something had. You don't have it, you have to earn it...Go out there in a close game on the road, some of these venues, you realize how valuable a guy like him is, the ability to do that on the road against a really good team is hard to do."

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