New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes walks to the plate to “The Ling King.” Wilmer Flores? Well, you’ll never guess his new tune.
Blasting over the PA as he stepped up to the plate was “I’ll Be There For You,” by the Rembrandts; the theme song for the popular sit-com F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
WIlmer Flores's new at-bat song is the "Friends" theme song. Really.
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) September 5, 2016
Flores’s ties to the show go far beyond a love for an iconic song. Newsdays’s Marc Carig reports that as a teenager Flores fell in love with the show, living the lonely life of a minor-leaguer.
Flores even told Carig that the show helped him to pick up on words and American culture as he tried to get used to his new life in America.
Flores says he even fell asleep many nights listening to Ross and Rachel fight over if they were on a break. (Sorry, Rachel, you were on a break.)
What better way for a Venezuelan kid to learn about America, than from six 20-somethings living in Manhattan?