July 15, 2020

Washington Nationals Walk-up Music 2012

**List updated after 10/2/2012 game**

Michael Morse wins for best eclectic taste in batting songs (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

It is hard to believe it is already September. The 2012 MLB season has flown by, which makes sense since Washington Nationals fans have had a lot of fun so far! Monday, September 3 was a very exciting day in Nationals history. The Nats won their 82nd game of the season giving them their FIRST WINNING SEASON since moving to DC in 2005 from Montreal. Fans are cheering, singing and dancing at the ballpark like no other year to date. Hopefully it is just the beginning to a long future of October baseball in DC.

So it is about time that we posted the list of music used by the Washington Nationals players this season!

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 last year using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality.

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“).

There are also 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. Michael Morse probably has the most eclectic taste in songs used. His most popular song is “Take on Me” by A-ha, which he has used for the last few seasons. 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 has finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.

All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. All of the songs have been used at one point throughout the 2012 season. 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. We are missing songs for Sandy Leon, Carlos Maldonado and Jhonatan Solano. Thank you! Enjoy!


Roger Bernadina – My Time (feat. Jeremih) by Fabulous
Roger Bernadina – Give Me Everything by Pitbull (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer)
Roger Bernadina – Yeah Ya Know by T.I.

Corey Brown – Get Up by 50 Cent [clean version]

Mark DeRosa – Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
Mark DeRosa – Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
Mark DeRosa – Why Can’t This Be Love by Van Halen
Mark DeRosa – Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx
Mark DeRosa – It Takes Two by Rob Base DJ EZ Rock

Ian Desmond – You Know What It is by Tedashii
Ian Desmond – Warriors by Kymani Marley
Ian Desmond – The Fire by The Roots
Ian Desmond – Workout by J. Cole
Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)

Danny Espinosa – Too Close by Alex Clare
Danny Espinosa – Buzzin’ by Mann (feat. 50 Cent)
Danny Espinosa – Turn the Page by Bob Seger
Danny Espinosa – Mercy by Kanye West Feat. Big Sean & Pusha T & 2 Chainz
Danny Espinosa – Bangarang by Skrillex feat. Sirah
Danny Espinosa – Promises by Nero
Danny Espinosa – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Danny Espinosa – Gold Dust by DJ Fresh
Danny Espinosa – Show Me Love by Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat. Robin S.

Jesus Flores – Your Love by The Outfield
Jesus Flores – Can’t Be Touched by Roy Jones Jr. Feat. Mr. Magic & Trouble [clean version]
Jesus Flores – Whistle by Flo Rida
Jesus Flores – Oye Baby by Pitbull, Nicola Fasano
Jesus Flores – My Time (feat. Jeremih) by Fabulous

Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Bryce Harper – Make It Bun Dem by Skrillex & Damian Marley
Bryce Harper – Bad To The Bone by George Thorogood
Bryce Harper – I Need A Dollar by Aloe Blacc
Bryce Harper – Bang Your Head (Metal Health) by Trolle Fender
Bryce Harper – Vava Voom by Bassnectar
Bryce Harper – Boyfriend by Justin Bieber (I hope that this one was a joke)

Adam LaRoche – Save a Horse [Ride a Cowboy] by Big & Rich
Adam LaRoche – My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Adam LaRoche – Tattoos On This Town by Jason Aldean
Adam LaRoche – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
Adam LaRoche – Hillbilly Bone by Blake Shelton (feat. Trace Adkins)

Sandy Leon – NEED

Steve Lombardozzi – Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen
Steve Lombardozzi – Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye
Steve Lombardozzi – Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa

Carlos Maldonado – NEED

Tyler Moore – Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
Tyler Moore – Whistlin’ Dixie by Randy Houser

Michael Morse – Iko Iko by The Belle Stars
Michael Morse – My Mind by Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Feat. Georgi Kay
Michael Morse – Take on Me – A-Ha {**And one of the coolest videos of all time**}
Michael Morse – I Cry by Flo Rida
Michael Morse – L’Amour Toujours by Gigi D’Agostino
Michael Morse – You Used to Hold Me by Calvin Harris

Eury Perez – Follow the Leader by Wisin & Yandel Feat. Jennifer Lopez

Wilson Ramos – Bon Bon by Pitbull
Wilson Ramos – Los Vencedores by Funky

Jhonatan Solano – NEED

Kurt Suzuki – Small Axe by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Jammin‘ by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Lively Up Yourself by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Chad Tracy – Homeboy by Eric Church

Jayson Werth – Burn It Down by Linkin Park
Jayson Werth – Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys
Jayson Werth – Why I Love You by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Jayson Werth – Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin

Ryan Zimmerman – We Are Young by Fun
Ryan Zimmerman – So Good by B.o.B
Ryan Zimmerman – Whatever You Like by T.I.
Ryan Zimmerman – Down and Out by Tantric


Sean Burnett – Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees

Ross Detwiler – Therapy by Craving Lucy
Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam – Metallica [mentioned in WashPost]

Zach Duke – Some Nights by Fun

Christian Garcia – Breakn’ A Sweat by Skrillex & The Doors [MLB Debut, 9/4/12]

Gio Gonzalez – House Party (feat. Young Chris) by Meek Mill [clean version]
Gio Gonzalez – Ima Boss by Meek Mill [clean version]
Gio Gonzalez – Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy (batting)

Michael Gonzalez – Cracks by Freestylers Feat. Belle Humble

Tom Gorzelanny – The Mark Has Been Made by Nine Inch Nails
Tom Gorzelanny – Grey Street by Dave Matthews Band

Edwin Jackson – Waiting by Young Jeezy (Pitching) [need to find a clean version]
Edwin Jackson – Watch This by Future (Batting) [need to find a clean version]

John Lannan – My Own Summer by Deftones

Ryan Mattheus – Firework by Katy Perry

Henry Rodriguez – Energía by Alexis & Fido
Henry Rodriguez – Cabeza De Ratón by Tony Dize Feat. Nejo & Dalmata
Henry Rodriguez – Dandole by Gocho

Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Drew Storen – Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch

Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Chien-Ming Wang – Battle Without Honor Or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei

Jordan Zimmermann – Hell on Wheels by Brantley Gilbert
Jordan Zimmermann – Son’s Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope



Rick Ankiel – Brains Stew by Green Day
Rick Ankiel – Black Betty by Ram Jam
Brad Lidge – Bullet with a Name by Nonpoint
Xavier Nady – So What’cha Want by Beastie Boys
Xavier Nady – Outta Your Mind by Lil Jon
Xavier Nady – Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

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.

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