If you’re a baseball fan, you know that a closer’s entrance can be as thrilling as the game itself. At Minute Maid Park, the excitement is amplified as fans’ phones light up and Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” fills the stadium, signaling the arrival of Astros closer Ryan Pressly. This song has become synonymous with Pressly’s entrance and has helped him build a reputation as one of the league’s most intimidating closers.
Pressly recently shared how he landed on “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” as his entrance music. In an excerpt from Brian McTaggart’s Astros Beat newsletter, Pressly revealed that he was drawn to the song’s beginning and how it sounds when timed perfectly with his entrance. The song’s haunting vibes reportedly get him pumped up and ready to close out games for the Astros.
As for the trend of dimming stadium lights and the sea of camera phone flashlights during a closer’s entrance, Pressly thinks it’s a great way to pump up the crowd. He believes it started with Mariano Rivera and has evolved with the help of new technology. Pressly has also seen some memorable entrances from other closers, including Aroldis Chapman and Joe Nathan.
Pressly’s entrance is a visual and auditory spectacle that adds to the excitement of watching an Astros game. It’s amazing how a song can become so iconic and represent a player’s persona. So next time you’re watching an Astros game, listen for the haunting tones of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and get ready for Ryan Pressly to bring the heat.