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Rapper Bad Bunny name drops Rays’ Randy Arozarena in new song

In a lyric from the the track Nadie Sabe, the Puerto Rico-born artist mentions the All-Star outfielder.
 
Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena strikes his signature pose after hitting a double in the American League Wild Card Series opener against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 3 at Tropicana Field.
Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena strikes his signature pose after hitting a double in the American League Wild Card Series opener against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 3 at Tropicana Field. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Oct. 13, 2023|Updated Oct. 13, 2023

Add getting name dropped by world-famous rapper/singer Bad Bunny to Randy Arozarena’s list of accomplishments this season.

The Rays outfielder is mentioned in Bad Bunny’s latest song, Nadie Sabe, which was released at midnight Thursday as the first track from a new album.

Bad Bunny sings, “Yo mismo me impresiono, como Randy Arozarena,” which translates to “I impress myself like Randy Arozarena.”

Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena took to Instagram to thank rapper Bad Bunny for mentioning him in his latest song.
Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena took to Instagram to thank rapper Bad Bunny for mentioning him in his latest song. [ Instagram ]

Word spread quickly to Arozarena of the mention, as he posted his thanks on Instagram:

“Gracias Gracias Gracias Gracias x 1000000=5 milliones de Gracias.”

Arozarena also posted an Instagram story about being included in the song.

Arozarena gained considerable popularity and notoriety after his dominant and entertaining performance for Team Mexico in the spring World Baseball Classic, with his arms crossed gesture becoming something of a world-wide phenomenon, spreading to all levels of baseball and even to other sports.

The Rays this season also launched a popular Randy Land seating section for fans during Friday home games.

Arozarena, 28, has established himself as a dynamic player over the last three years, and is the first player in major-league history to have a 20-homer, 20-steal season as a rookie and in his next two seasons. He was voted an All-Star for the first time this season, and he had a memorable performance in the Home Run Derby as well.

Bad Bunny, whose given name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is a native Puerto Rican who is considered one of the leaders in getting Spanish-language music to achieve mainstream popularity, with a reggaeton and Latin trap style.

He has been the most streamed artist on the Spotify platform the past three years, reaching a record 18.3 billion in 2022. He is the first non-English artist to rank first and he also has won three Grammy awards.

The new album, which contains 22 tracks, is called Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana.

In a video accompanying the Bad Bunny song there is a man riding a horse running quickly through a field. Perhaps that was a nod to Arozarena in January 2021 posting a video of himself racing a horse.

Rays change player development leadership

Blake Butera was named senior director of player development and will oversee the Rays’ entire player development process, the team announced in a series of promotions Friday.

Butera, 31, played two seasons in the minors for the Rays after being a 35th-round draft pick from Boston College, then served as a coach, four seasons as a manager and in 2023 as assistant field coordinator.

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Among other changes:

Winston Doom went from pitching strategist with the big-league team to director of pitching, where he will be responsible for the organization-wide pitching development plan and help with pitcher procurement.

Jeff McLerran also moved from director of minor-league operations to senior director of baseball development; George Pappas from assistant to director of minor-league operations; Simon Rosenbaum from assistant director of minor-league operations & baseball development to director of player programs & integration; Alejandro Freire from field coordinator to assistant director coaching & player development; and Ryan Pennell from assistant director of performance science & player development to assistant director of pitching.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of talented people with wide-ranging abilities and interests,” baseball operations president Erik Neander said in a statement. “These changes are about putting great people in the best position to strengthen our long-term competitiveness. We’re excited to see each of them excel in their new roles.”

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