Each time the opening strains of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” pump through the Target Field sound system, Minnesota Twins’ Brandon Kintzler’s entire career passes before his eyes.
“I think ‘Lose Yourself’ works great for me. I mean, the words mean a lot to me. It’s not just an entrance song.”
“It’s about getting opportunity. You’ve got to get the opportunity to succeed in big roles like that and you’ve got to take advantage of it. I know those opportunities for me don’t come very much, so the second the Twins were willing to give me a chance to close, you’ve got to take it and run with it. Otherwise, that opportunity might never come again.”
“I think the way Eminem explains his life and how you have to take part in the moment, that’s really what I had to do. I literally got one shot to be a closer. I don’t think I’d ever get it again. I tried to take advantage of it. That song means everything to me, really.”
In addition to watching “8 Mile” more times than he can count, Kintzler has made a point of reading interviews with Eminem (nee Marshall Mathers) to understand more about the song that has propelled both of them to unimaginable heights.
While Kintzler grew up in in a family of modest means in Las Vegas, where his father, Rick, still operates a mobile oil-change business, Eminem’s Detroit-area youth carried challenges of its own.
“I’ve actually researched, just to go back and read every meaning that he talks about. The beginning of that song is awesome. I haven’t seen him in concert, but I would like to. I’d like to meet the guy.”
He said he purposely doesn’t listen to “Lose Yourself” as a hype song before games or in the bullpen, preferring to save it for those moments just before he must face opposing hitters at the game’s highest level.
“I don’t want to ever lose the meaning of it. I don’t want to wear it out, so when it does happen it gives you a quick reminder. When no one wants you and you make your way back, you come back with a vengeance. That’s what I think means more to me.”
Watch the interview and entrance video, featuring ‘Lose Yourself’ below: