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Dominican relief pitcher Jeurys Familia threw Mets fans a bit of a curveball this year when he ditched his former (intimidating) walkout song for a hopeful, fun and uplifting track created specifically for him. Written and performed by his childhood hero, Dominican bachata Zacarías Ferreíra, Familia opted for walking out to a song that would remind him of his childhood love of the game rather than one designed to instill fear or bolster ego. And so far, it’s working.

A special thanks to the team at ESPN for this collaboration.

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