GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With closers playing musical chairs this winter, the biggest question of the spring became . . . music?
Jonathan Papelbon moved from the Red Sox to the Phillies, so the Dropkick Murphys say he can't use "Shipping Up To Boston" as his walk-in music. Andrew Bailey moved from the A's to the Red Sox, and the music question is big enough that Bailey opened a Twitter chat Wednesday night by saying, "FYI, no walk out song yet."
And what about Ryan Madson, who moved from the Phillies to the Reds?
Last year, Madson entered games to "Don't Stop Believing'." Theoretically, he could do the same this year, since the song isn't exactly tied to Philadelphia.
But Madson said he doesn't want it. In fact, when the Reds asked him what song he wanted, he said he told them he didn't want anything.
"I just want to go out there and get three outs," Madson said Thursday morning.
Madson is in good spirits, despite some elbow soreness that has kept him out of early Cactus League games, and despite a winter that saw him leave the Phillies after talks about a multiyear contract strangely fell through.
"I'm a simple guy from California," he said.
He signed a one-year deal with the Reds for $8.5 million, a little apprehensive about changing teams for the first time in his career.
"I didn't really know what to expect, but it's been great," he said. "I like all the guys. They're very cool."
And about what happened at the end in Philadelphia, when he was offered at least a three-year deal and then seemed close to signing a four-year deal?
"I don't even care anymore," Madson said.