When player wives and significant others were asked to select Los Angeles Dodgers walk-up songs in celebration of Women’s Day at Dodger Stadium, Craig Kimbrel entered to “Let It Go” performed by Idina Menzel for Disney’s “Frozen.”
It was a non-save situation, but Kimbrel retired the side in order on 10 pitches to finish out the Dodgers’ 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins. Considering his season-long inconsistencies, there were calls for Kimbrel to keep the new walkout song.
The pick was a joint effort between Kimbrel’s wife and daughter. During a stop on the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour, Freddie Freeman said teammates were attempting to convince Kimbrel to stick with “Let It Go.”
The right-hander didn’t pitch again at home until this past Saturday, and he kept the famous Disney song. It played once more in the series finale against the San Diego Padres, and on Tuesday.
— Craig Kimbrel (@Kimbrel46) September 7, 2022
Kimbrel’s stats with “Let It Go” as his entrance song have essentially been flawless. Including appearances on the road, the 34-year-old has thrown 6.1 scoreless innings without allowing a hit, and collecting six strikeouts against two walks since putting “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses on the shelf.
Before utilizing Menzel’s popular ballad, Kimbrel had four blown saves, a 4.46 ERA and allowed 47 hits to go along with 19 walks over 42.1 innings pitched.
Furthermore, Kimbrel has retired the side in order six times in as many appearances with the Disney walkout song. He managed to accomplish as much only eight times through 45 appearances before the switch.
Dave Roberts willing to sing “Let It Go” for Craig Kimbrel
When discussing Kimbrel’s resurgence, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts quipped he would sing “Let It Go” for his closer.
“Outside of the new music, he’s pounding the strike zone. He’s not being so fine, in my opinion,” Roberts added. “And the breaking ball is in a good spot. He’s throwing it when he needs to, getting swing and miss with it.”
Roberts also joked the Dodgers would need to get Menzel’s to perform at Dodger Stadium, much in the same light of the New York Mets welcoming Timmy Trumpet to Citi Field for Edwin Díaz’s “Narco” song.
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