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Aug. 29, 2005
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Music to Close By

Like boxers, these relievers insist on marching out to special tunes

TODD JONES

This is an article from the Aug. 29, 2005 issue

Marlins

27 saves, 1.15 ERA

Glory Defined, by Building 429

WHEN he closed in Detroit from 1997 through 2001, Jones walked out to the Counting Crows' Mr. Jones. When he came to Florida in '05, he switched to the Christian rock group. "I figure I have a 30-second platform," says the churchgoing righty. "I might as well take advantage of it."

DUSTIN HERMANSON

White Sox

30 saves, 1.76 ERA

Back in Black, by AC/DC

HERMANSON, in his first season with Chicago, says he chose the 1980 headbangers' anthem because of the black caps and uniforms the Sox sport at U.S. Cellular Field. He swears the song has little effect on his mind-set. "I'm already pumped up," he explains. "If I needed music to do that, I'd be in trouble."

BILLY WAGNER

Phillies

30 saves, 1.68 ERA

Enter Sandman, by Metallica

WAGNER and the Yankees' Mariano Rivera use this one. "My first couple of years in Houston, they played The Fireman, by George Strait," says Wagner, who was with the Astros from 1996 through 2003. "Jeff Bagwell hated it and picked this one. Now a lot of people call me Sandman."

JASON ISRINGHAUSEN

Cardinals

32 saves, 1.88 ERA

Black, by Sevendust

HE'S unhappy with how little of the 1997 rock song Busch Stadium operators play when he comes in. "Maybe three seconds of it," he gripes. "They'd rather do the attendance quiz [on the scoreboard]." Maybe the Cards should heed his complaints: Izzy has saved more that twice as many games on the road as at home this year.

To find out what other top closers listen to, go to SI.com/scorecard.

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