**List updated 04/18/2014**
It is a brand new season and we’re excited to hear which songs the Washington Nationals players have selected as their batting music. District Sports Page will do its best to keep up them, however, invite fans to help us out. Please feel free to comment on this post or tweet to @cnichols14 when you hear a new song.
Fans love walk-up music. It is always a popular topic on Twitter, Facebook and discussion boards. Some players select music that gets them fired up, suits them perfectly or even pokes fun of themselves (i.e. Matt Stairs two years using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality.
There are superstitious players that change their music when they are slumping at the plate. And some have a handful of songs that are used in rotation.
Some players stick with the same song season after season and even years after leaving the Nationals or baseball all together, fans immediately think of that player every time they hear the song (i.e. Chad Cordero and Metallica’s “King Nothing“).
Former National Michael Morse (now with the San Francisco Giants), had the team’s most eclectic taste in his walk-up music, thanks in part to his brother helping select songs. His most popular song was “Take on Me” by A-ha, which has now become the “fans’ Natitude anthem” and is currently being used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music is usually cut off before it gets to the high part of the chorus, so the fans finish it off! It started in 2010, but finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.
While on the topic of music, the Nats have used “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC to take the field for several seasons. That has changed for 2014. The Nationals are now jogging out to their positions to “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy. Personally, I wish the songs would remain the same because baseball is all about traditions and would like there to be a few traditions at Nationals Park.
All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. We’ve included links to videos, however, remember that there is only a few seconds of the song used during the walk-up so it may sound different at the beginning at first. There is a lot of Natitude on the list!
Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments. Thank you! Enjoy!
Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Sun is Shining (Smoke Out Dubstep Remix) by Bob Marley
Ian Desmond – My Conclusion by Stephen Marley Feat. Akon & Buju Banton
Kevin Frandsen – Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Scott Hairston – Blue Sky by Common
Sandy Leon – Watch Out For This [Bumaye; Daddy Yankee Remix] by Major Lazer
Tyler Moore – NEED
Steven Souza, Jr. – NEED
Zach Walters – Let It Go (from Frozen) by Idina Menzel
Aaron Barrett – This Is What It Feels Like (W&w Radio Edit) by Armin van Buuren Feat. Trevor Guthrie
Jerry Blevins – Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
Xavier Cedeno – NEED
Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees
Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (pitching)
Gio Gonzalez – Trophies by Young Money & Drake (batting) [clean version]
Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet
Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Drew Storen – When the Lights Go Out by The Black Keys
Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Jordan Zimmermann – Hell On Wheels by Brantley Gilbert (pitching)
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.