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April 14, 2013

New bullpen ace talks music, stats, Tiger and more

BOSTON — He has a hairy beard, drinks Red Bull before games, enters from the bullpen to Slipknot and has a fastball that averaged 97.3 mph in his first 4.0 innings this year.

Meet new Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan.

Hanrahan was a National League All-Star each of the past two seasons pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He recorded 40 saves and a stellar 1.83 ERA in 68.2 innings in 2011, then saved 36 games to go along with a 2.72 ERA in 59.2 innings last year.

Hanrahan recently went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball writer Christopher Smith.

Smitty: You enter to Slipknot. What is your music of choice when just hanging out?

Hanrahan: I listen to a little bit of everything: some rap, country and a little Slipknot, a little hard core stuff every once in a while, too.

Smitty: Slipknot is based out of Des Moines. You’re from Iowa. Have you ever met the band?

Hanrahan: I’ve seen their tour bus parked in my mom’s neighborhood. But I’ve never had the chance to meet them. We just missed Stone Sour (a metal band formed in Des Moines that played in Boston on April 3). I haven’t seen them live. I don’t know if my wife would really want to go with me. She appreciates all kinds of music but I don’t know if she would go for that one.

Smitty: What was the best concert you’ve attended?

Hanrahan: In spring training one year we saw Kenny Chesney/Zac Brown Band. That was a pretty good time.

Smitty: What’s your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?

Hanrahan: I love watching golf. A lot of people say watching golf is boring. But I can sit there and watch golf all day. But of the four main sports, I’d say football. I love watching football. I don’t have a team though. My wife’s a diehard Patriots fan.

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