Dodgers: Craig Kimbrel’s new entrance song making a difference

Sep 6, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (16) and relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrate defeating San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (16) and relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrate defeating San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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With an assist from his wife and a boost from one of the most popular animated films of all time, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Craig Kimbrel seems to once again found his rhythm on the mound.

Sure, “Narco” may be the hot song of the summer as New York Mets reliever Edwin Díaz has embraced it as his walkout song from the bullpen, but Kimbrel decided to go ice-cold with his new choice for a song to mark his relief appearance, with “Let It Go” from “Frozen” blaring over the loudspeakers as he jogs to the mound.

Since choosing to use “Let It Go” as his entrance song, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Craig Kimbrel has been on a roll

Sure, it may not be the pulse-pounding anthem that so many relievers have chosen to play as they appear in the past, but “Let It Go” has Los Angeles Dodgers fans singing along and the 34-year-old Kimbrel going through one of his best stretches on the mound at Chavez Ravine.

The change in song was a suggestion from Kimbrel’s wife after the reliever struggled to a 4.91 ERA in 12 July appearances and opponents hit .298 against him. However, the ERA dropped to 3.72 in 10 August outings and the right-hander has been spotless in September, with opponents going 0-for-12 against him heading into Saturday’s action.

That September run has coincided with the appearance of “Let It Go” in the Dodgers playlist. The lyrics from the Disney song also go along with the struggles that Kimbrel has been battling on the mound and some of the ire that has been directed his way from the L.A. faithful.

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

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The Los Angeles Dodgers need Craig Kimbrel to be right as the postseason begins and, with the help of a new song, he may just be able to let all of those poor outings from earlier in the season go.