The ninth inning at Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, has become known as the Fernando Rodney Experience, beginning with Lil Jon’s “Live the Night” blasting from the speakers and ending, more times than not, with an invisible arrow shot into the Phoenix night sky celebrating a save and a D-backs win. “When the music starts thumping,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, “the whole crowd catches on to who is coming in the game and I feel like we’re all a little energized. He takes it over from there and makes the magic happen.” Sometimes it’s a quick now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t three up, three down save like Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Dodgers. There are times he tears everything apart but puts it back together, as he did against the Dodgers on Tuesday, when he uncorked two wild pitches, hit a batter, allowed a run but stranded the bases loaded in a 7-6 win. Other times he seems to leave his wand at home, like when he walked four and allowed four runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Dodgers on July 6. Those moments seem easier for the baseball world to remember. When Rodney blows a save, it’s often in spectacularly wild fashion. Three of his five blown saves have involved giving up multiple runs.
The Fernando Rodney Experience is working for the Diamondbacks
Sporting News | Sep 1