Jeurys Familia will have a personalized tune next season.
PORT ST. LUCIE â€” Jeurys Familia arrived at Tradition Field Tuesday after a busy few days in New York preparing for the 2016 season. The Metsâ€™ dominant closer will begin throwing and working out with the team Wednesday to ready himself for the 2016 season, but earlier this week he was working with renowned bachata musician ZacarÃas FerreÃra to create his 2016 entrance song.
In aÂ post on The Players’ Tribune, Familia explains that he was a long-time fan of FerreÃra.
â€œFor the past few days, ZacarÃas and I have been in the studio in New York collaborating on a brand new tune â€” my 2016 entrance music. Weâ€™re still working on it, but trust me, itâ€™s going to be something special,â€ Familia wrote. â€œSo stay tuned â€¦ this year, when I come in from the bullpen, if Iâ€™m not dancing, I’ll be singing along to the music.â€
The website has photos of Familia and the musician in the studio.
â€˜BEST NEWS EVERâ€™
Addison Reed knew there was no guarantee that he would stick with the Mets when they acquired him last August, but he was hoping he would. After a solid 15 appearances in the regular season â€” and a shaky nine appearances in the playoffs â€” the Mets brought the right-handed reliever back on a one-year, $ 5.3 million deal, and he is thrilled.
â€œThat was the plan. I had a blast here, just making it to the World Series. The group of guys that are here â€” everything was awesome,â€ Reed said after working out at the Mets complex. â€œThere is not one thing that I can say bad about this organization. When I found out I was coming back, it was the best news ever.â€
And he returns to a bolstered bullpen that has added Antonio Bastardo, who will likely be the setup man for Familia. Reed said it did not matter when the Mets used him.
â€œI donâ€™t care which inning Iâ€™m throwing,â€ Reed said. â€œI could throw the third out of the first inning. As long as weâ€™re winning and as long as weâ€™re getting outs and getting the ball to Familia in the ninth inning, thatâ€™s all weâ€™re going to try and do. Thatâ€™s all I think anyone is trying to do.â€
The Mets also have a healthy lefty specialist in Jerry Blevins, who is coming off the most frustrating season of his life. He broke his forearm in a freak come-backer accident last April and then re-broke it falling off a curb during his rehab.
â€œI just kind of slipped and caught myself,â€ Blevins said. â€œIt is what it is. There really is no point in looking back.â€
Looking ahead to a bullpen that now has southpaws Bastardo and Sean Gilmartin â€” and eventually Josh Edgin, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery â€” Blevins said he loved the idea of a surplus of left-handers.
â€œI am all for being one of many lefties in a bullpen. We kind of form a camaraderie so yeah, I am excited,â€ Blevins said. â€œIâ€™ve watched (Edgin) progress. He looks great.â€Â
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