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Timmy Trumpet muted in Mets loss, back Wednesday for Díaz

NEW YORK (AP) — Timmy Trumpet was set to take part in what was the New York Mets’ most remarkable season.

The Australian-born musician was at Citi Field with trumpet in hand on Tuesday night, ready if necessary to jump on the diamond and scream his song “Narco” live if Mets closer Edwin Díaz came out of the bullpen .

Díaz never entered the game as the Dodgers won 4-3 in an NL division leaders clash. Instead, Mets fans had to content themselves with chanting as Trumpet played a quieter version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” just outside the Los Angeles dugout during the seventh inning.

But minutes after watching his first major league game, Trumpet tweeted that he would return Wednesday night, hoping to perform Díaz’s hugely popular entrance song in person again when the Mets hosted the Dodgers.

“SEE YOU TOMORROW FOR ROUND 2 NYC,” he posted. “We have that!!”

Hours before Tuesday night’s game, Trumpet brought the instrument to his lips and blasted out the instantly recognizable opening notes of “Narco.”

A blown song, not a blown save, in the nearly empty stadium.

“It’s actually really cool to be in a stadium where you can hear it ringing like that. I’ve never been in a stadium this big before,” he said.

Born Timothy Smith, he quickly became friends with Díaz earlier this season after Trumpet reached out to pitcher when the song went viral.

To cheers from the crowd on Tuesday, the 40-year-old musician donned a jersey with Díaz’s number 39 and Trumpet’s name on the back and threw the first ball, an arc shot at Mets outfielder Tyler Naquin who barely reached the plate.

“I hope to get into the game tonight,” said Díaz, wearing a jersey with a blue and orange “Edwin” above a trumpet, before the first pitch. “Because he will play for me and the fanbase.”

Díaz actually started using “Narco” — which Trumpet recorded with Dutch DJ duo Blasterjaxx in 2017 — during his final season with the Seattle Mariners in 2018. He pivoted to Miky Woodz’ “No Hay Limite.” after being traded to the Mets before the 2019 season, when he posted a 5.59 ERA and had seven saves.

He returned to “Narco” in 2020, when the Mets played to empty stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it took his dominance this season — Díaz is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 28 saves and 99 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings — to sink the song into the rarefied air of closest entry songs of all time alongside “Enter Sandman” (for Mariano Rivera) and “Hells Bells” (for Trevor Hoffman).

The lights at Citi Field go out and the scoreboard fades as Díaz walks from the bullpen mound to the gate. From his first step onto the court, the song begins and tens of thousands of people jump to their feet and start cheering and miming trumpet actions as mascots Mr. and Mrs. Met pretend to play their own trumpets in plastic.

“I think what I like the most so far is the fans – the people in the crowd, watching the video of them reacting to the track that Díaz chooses is just crazy, they are crazy,” said said Trumpet. “It sounds like a huge party and that was the intention of this song when we wrote it in the first place. So it’s a huge honor.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said earlier this month that he delayed a trip to the bathroom to watch Díaz enter. And his teammates were among those who sent “Narco” into the top five of Spotify, the internet streaming service.

“We’re all excited too,” Mets reliever Adam Ottavino said. “For some reason – the simplicity of it, just with the trumpets and everything, people are really reacting to it. You can see why it is spreading. I found myself looking for the song on Spotify at some point.”

“It’s just pretty cool. The greats have had iconic songs sometimes – Mariano and Trevor Hoffman, stuff like that – so it’s really cool that he has that,” he said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, a longtime friend and teammate of Hoffman’s in San Diego, said his favorite entrance song remains “Hells Bells.” He said he was aware of the sensation “Narco” has become.

“Hopefully we don’t hear from him for the next three days,” Roberts said with a smile. “Hopefully we can hold him up and he can just be here and not have to entertain tonight.”

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