Nationals with the best walk-up songs, plus suggestions for others
Analyzing the 2016 Nationals and their walk-up songs
One of the great things about baseball — aside from obnoxious bat flips and ballpark food that's as delicious as it is greasy — is the fact that hitters and pitchers get to select a song that plays each time they step into the batter's box or toe the rubber. With that being said, some Nationals players on the 2016 squad are better DJ's than others. This gallery is meant to shout out the ones who've selected the most appropriate songs as their walk-up music, and make suggestions for those who could use a change of the dial. (Thanks to Nats Gallery Blog for the assist).
Doing it right: Bryce Harper
Add "picking walk-up music that totally fits him" to the list of things that Bryce Harper can be considered elite in. This year, the MVP has strolled up to the plate to the sound of a few different jams, but each one has worked. "The Best is Yet to Come" by Frank Sinatra? No. 34 is just 23 years old, so, despite the fact that he's already one of the sport's best, that tune's title is likely true. "Fly Me to the Moon," another from Sinatra? That's what the balls that leave Harper's bat must say. And "G.O.M.D" by J. Cole? Once you figure out what that acronym stands for, you'll see why Bryce includes it on his playlist.
Here's a suggestion: Stephen Strasburg
Like Will Ferrell's character Brennan Huff in Step Brothers, Strasburg's 2016 has been all about snappin' necks and cashin' checks. That's why he's in dire need of a song that's superior to "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes (it's a classic, but it's also overused throughout the sports world) and lines up with how dominant he's been this year. "Who Gon Stop Me" by Jay Z and Kanye West comes to mind as a possible solution; so does "New Level" by A$AP Ferg and Future. Either of those hits would point to how strong Stras has been for Washington's rotation.
Doing it right: Ben Revere
The swift leadoff man goes with R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" for his pre-at-bat song of choice, and it makes sense. As the order's first hitter, it's Revere's duty to ignite the offense. Now, his stats show he could be doing a better job of that, but never doubt a man with R. Kelly in his corner. Revere's got the right idea, he's just a bit "Trapped in the Closet" right now.
Here's a suggestion: Felipe Rivero
The reliever comes out of the bullpen as Marc Anthony's "Aguanile" plays, and that's fine, but for a pitcher who's developing into a strikeout man and who has a heater that's, well, really hot, he could do better. "Fire" by Big Sean, "Wicked" by Future or Ellie Goulding's "Burn," for example, all properly convey what Rivero's adversaries experience when he's on the mound, and therefore should be considered as substitutions for his current preferred song.
Doing it right: Wilson Ramos
Phish's "Wilson" is a no-brainer for Ramos. Each time the catcher takes his turn to hit, the crowd at Nationals Park showers him with loud, drawn-out "WILSON" chants much like the band's supporters do when it starts the song's intro. Simple and logical, but also effective, as evidenced by the 28-year-old's career best numbers thus far.
Here's a suggestion: Joe Ross
The most recent entry from Nats Gallery Blog under Ross' name is "Buzzin'" by Mann, but the up-and-coming starter would benefit from music that hints at his stardom. A couple of options: Meek Mill's "Young & Gettin' it," which goes with the idea that he's on the rise, or Eminem's "My Name Is," since he probably still has to introduce himself to many outside of the D.C. area.
Doing it right: Daniel Murphy
According to Nats Gallery Blog, Murphy has switched it up a few times this season, but by utilizing "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys, it's clear the second baseman knows what he's doing. Like Ramos' choice, using music that somehow involves your name makes it all the more personal and signature. The loud rock anthem is about a sailor who lost his wooden leg, though, which contradicts Murphy's 2016: The infielder has been one of MLB's most prolific hitters, meaning his lumber isn't lost. Still, though, a solid selection — and one that'll wake up a crowd, too.
Here's a suggestion: Anthony Rendon
As of now, Rendon has a couple of walk-up tracks. With that being said, something that speaks more to his confidence and fluid play on the field seems necessary. "Legend" by a boastful Drake would be apt; then there's "Swagga Like Us," by T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay Z, another song that would represent Rendon. Or, perhaps, just some smooth jazz. Like, some really smooth jazz.