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Mets close-quarters Edwin Diaz's 'Narco' admission is an electric, 'special' phenomenon that evokes the greats

Over the past three days, more than 50 members of the Diaz family couldn't miss filling the queues in two lower sections of Citi Field.

They were Edwin Diaz in a shirt depicting half of his Mets jersey and his brother Alexis in a shirt depicting half of his Diaz uniform with the Reds.

Their father, Edwin Sr., and his paternal grandfather, José Luis Díaz, chatted with Post Sports+ on Wednesday's final game of the series between his two teams.

This also means that one of his highlights from this summer's Flushing didn't happen. But like most Mets fans these days,both elders grin when asked about the growth phenomenon of Edwin Diaz's trumpet-laden entrance tune("Narco" by Blasterjax and Timmy Trumpet). showed

"For Mets fans, I hope Mariano's song means something to Yankee fans," said Edwin Diaz Sr., of course. Referring to Rivera's use of the opening strain, "Enter Sandman" has been the entry theme for many of his unparalleled career in the Bronx. "But everyone here really seems to love and enjoy Edwin's singing. To have it happen in New York is very special to him."

Diaz's son made a similar reference this week to Rivera and Classic's relationship with metal. Noting that he and "Narco" have a "long road ahead," he told NBC Sports: He made 650 saves on the song.

In addition to his all-time high of 652 to be exact, most importantly, he had an additional 42 in postseason games and an ERA of 0.70 as he made 96 relief appearances. . Indeed, there is a long way to go.

"Mariano was big and I don't think anyone can match him as a closer." Edwin Diaz told Post Sports+ after Wednesday's 10-2 victory over the Reds. The biggest thing is that Mariano had a great career in the regular season, but he did even better in the postseason. invincible.

"I think this will be my first postseason this year. I'm looking forward to contributing to the team's victory. Like, I know those games are always going to be high leverage, but we're ready.”

Its closing run soundtrack is probably the hottest in gaming. Continue to feature accompaniment. Over the years, Mets closers have included Billy Wagner ("Enter Sandman"), John Franco (Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode") and Armando Benitez ("Who Let the Dogs Out", etc.). We have used the popular entrance song over the years. ). However, team historian Jay Horwitz said the current interest in and fanfare for "Narco" "couldn't come close," with Diaz jogging from the bullpen and the fake trumpets played by Mr. and Mrs. Met.

Mr and Mrs. Met play the trumpets as they bring out New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 during the 8th inning.
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Diaz was the first to use the song—his choice among several options offered by the Mariners' game operations staff at the time—while leading the majors with 57 saves in 2018, he was Puerto Rico's "No Hay Limit" by rapper Miky Woodz was traded to the Mets in 2019.

The worst season of his career (5.59 ERA and his 7 saves) ensued. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Diaz to return to "Narco" the following year, despite having no fans in the stands in 2020.

He used the song last season as well, but its popularity skyrocketed this year across social media said Diaz Because he rediscovered All-Star form with a 1.39 ERA, 26 saves, and a whopping 91 strikeouts in 45 ⅓ innings in 45 appearances.

"I thought he could do it. It just takes time," 77-year-old grandfather José Diaz said of his grandson's turnaround. Take a look at [Francisco] Lindor from last year and you'll see what's going on right now it's just a matter of keeping the faith and doing his job New York fans reacted like this

"And we need to see what's going on in Puerto Rico," he continued. "Everywhere you go, when the Mets come on, people have trumpets in their hands. It's a great feeling."

Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the 8th inning.
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Diaz's grandfather is Rico, who lives in Puerto, but he grew up in Lyons, New York and is a longtime basketball player in Syracuse. I went to high school with my coach, Jim Boheim.

His three games in Flushing this week marked the first time Jose Diaz saw a Mets game in person since he acquired his grandson. Edwin Diaz was disappointed that his family and the rest of his fans didn't get the chance to hear the "Narco" trumpets sound during this series, and that his younger siblings didn't see any action either.

"It didn't work out. We won the first two games by over three runs, but today we won by a lot," Diaz said. . "But there are a lot of big games."

New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and his brother Cincinnati Reds Alexis Diaz (43) exchange lineups before the game tonight when the New York Mets played the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at Citi Field in Queens.
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{99 A rested closer was far more important to Mets manager Buck Showalter in Friday's games against the Phillies (twice), Braves and Yankees, which kick off the next 13 games of a four-series series. .

"It was a memorable season," he said Edwin Sr. “He worked hard in the offseason, so my sons work hard every year. When Edwin came here from the Mariners in another city, he struggled at first and the fans were against him. But he took it like a man, showed his toughness and said, ``I'm going to get better, and the team will get better.''

"And now they're rooting for him and dancing to the song. It's amazing. Wow. There's no better player in the major leagues than him right now." Back Cover

The back page of the New York Post on August 11, 2022.
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Pointless Yanks

This turned out to be more than a rough patch for Aaron Boone and the Yankees.

The Yankees and Mets still lead the division, but continue to head in opposite directions.

Sam Haggerty #0, Jarred Kelenic #10, and Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after the game against the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park on August 10, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners won 4-3.
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Mets swept the ill-fated Reds, winning their 15th in their last 17 games, improving to 73-39. He has won two games over the Yankees.

One Giant Leap

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll speaking with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones #8, during training camp at the Giants training facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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I haven't invested much in practice games, but for Giants fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones, a potentially successful or unsuccessful season is Thursday night, when he hits his first year. Coach Brian Dabor and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka at the preseason opener in the new New England.

Jones, running his back Squon He Barkley, the other returning starter will probably only make a handful of plays on the field, but the Giants his fans Eager for the team's first winning season. 2016 — Also a first look at first-round picks Evan Neal and Kavon Thibodeau, among other newcomers.