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Broxton Finally Gets His Intro

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Guest post by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist

While I stand by my previous claim that Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’" as our 8th inning anthem is a bigger mistake than putting mayo on french fries, I must give credit where credit is due. Recently, the Dodgers finally gave Jonathan Broxton his customized intimidating 9th inning intro.

Despite his recent injury woes, the hefty Dodgers closer is an All-Star. All-Star closers are supposed to have a 9th inning intro to intimidate the opposing team and to whip the home crowd into a frenzy.

I had been disappointed with Takashi Saito’s intro. It was a bunch of anime characters and Japanese writing dominating the stadium LEDs while George Thorogood’s "Bad to the Bone" played. I am all for anime, but this was not the intimidating Akira or Ninja Scroll anime. This was Saturday morning cartoon anime. There was nothing bad to the bone about the anime or the venerable Saito. I mean, even "Bad to the Bone" isn’t all that bad to the bone. Listen to it. Did that song ever make you want to get up and start a ruckus? It’s more the kind of song you’d see a kid in a John Hughes film bump when his parents went out of town and he put on some Ray Bans and drank right out of the milk carton. Take that parents who don’t understand me!