When rookie reliever Aaron Barrett emerged from the bullpen in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Astros, Nationals media relations coordinator Kyle Brostowitz piqued my interest with a tweet about Barrett’s entrance music.
Aaron Barrett enters the game to some tremendous walk-out music. #TheBearWentOverTheMountain Wut
— Kyle Brostowitz (@KyleBrostowitz) June 18, 2014
‘Wut’ indeed. A quick search led me to this children’s song, which, while tremendous, didn’t seem like the type of song a major league pitcher — even one nicknamed Bear — would use for his jog to the mound. Then again, Zach Walters walked up to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”…
While I hibernated at Post Headquarters to avoid the oppressive heat, beat reporter Adam Kilgore asked Barrett about the origin of his new tunes before Wednesday’s game.
“Nats Archive, they made these “Release The Bear” shirts,” Barrett explained. “I was like, those are awesome. So we started messaging each other on Twitter. I was like, man, those are really cool.”
[Note: They are really cool.]
“He was like, what if you walked out to this?” Barrett continued. “And he sent me the song. I was like, ‘This is sick. Any chance you guys could add a bear growl to the beginning?’ They were like, ‘Oh, we’re on it.’ They sent me the demo, and I was like, ‘I have to use this. I have to.’ I did [Tuesday] night, and I loved it. It was good. It was good.”
So, so good. The song is ‘The Bear Song’ by Green Jelly and was featured in ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ which happens to be Barrett’s favorite movie.
Bear hugs to Kilgore.