In the immediate aftermath of relief pitcher Félix Bautista’s promotion to become the Orioles’ closer, he acknowledged he might need to spice up his introduction. Before Baltimore traded Jorge López to the Minnesota Twins, López entered games at Camden Yards to flames on the scoreboard, the kind of hype worthy of an All-Star closer.
Bautista is now in that position. Growing up, he enjoyed watching the top closers in baseball because he “loved how exciting and emotional those moments were.”
At the time, Bautista didn’t know what song he’d enter games to if he opted to change. But when he took the field Monday night with two outs in the eighth inning, there was a new addition to his usual routine.
A whistle, soft at first and only played for about 10 seconds, rolled…
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