After a dominant first season as Mets closer, Jeurys Familia is straying from Enter Sandman-fare entrance music. As he explained through an essay titled "Mi Musica" with The Players' Tribune, Familia and musician Zacarías Ferreíra have spent time in studio collaborating on a new walk-out tune for the 2016 season.
"I’ve been listening to Zacarías since I was a kid. His music is everywhere on the island. It’s a piece of who I am and where I’m from. So when my agent introduced me to Zacarías, I was thrilled," Familia wrote. "So stay tuned...this year, when I come in from the bullpen, if I’m not dancing, I’ll be singing along to the music."
Familia's essay was shorter than many Players' Tribune essays, instead opting to share photos of studio time spent with the fellow countryman Ferreíra and his band. In a post on his website, Ferreíra spoke warmly of the "very exciting" project.
If recording one's own entrance music becomes a trend, Familia's teammate Yoenis Cespedes is the likely culprit. Upon his acquisition from the Tigers, Cespedes—a Roc Nation client—recruited recording artist Josefina Sola to compose an original walk-up tune titled "The Power."
Familia, who recorded 43 saves in his first full year with ninth-inning duties, most recently used "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar as his entrance song.