ESPN Music: Washington Nationals

Stadium Songs: Washington Nationals

August, 10, 2012
In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back in 1908. The shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a more unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.

We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.

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Washington Nationals
Song: “Thunderstruck” by ACDC
Tradition: Played as the players emerge from the home dugout in the top of the first inning.

Fun fact:
• The team uses it as a psych-up song. “We call that 'Nattitude,'" VP of marketing and broadcasting John Guagliano said. “It’s about building momentum into the game.”

Bonus music:
• In a stadium splashed in red, white and blue, patriotism reigns supreme. The club plays the theme from the show “John Adams” as a lead-in to the national anthem.
• Beyond that, the team is experimenting with its music collection. “We sent out surveys asking what people want to hear for a win or for a home run,” Guagliano said. “We’re seeing what our fans react to, and then we’ll take it from there.”

Bryce Harper uses Bieber as walk-up song

June, 20, 2012

Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old Nationals phenom and rebuffer of clown questions, recently gave a nod to another young phenom, 18-year-old Justin Bieber.

YouTube user lfahome captured Harper walking up to the plate Tuesday night as Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" soothed the Nationals Park crowd.

The D.C. Sports Bog suggested that maybe Harper had lost a bet, but perhaps he's just a big fan of fondue, as Bieber noted in the lyrics:

I got money in my hands that I’d really like to blow
Swag swag swag on you
Chillin' by the fire while we eatin' fondue
I dunno about me, but I know about you

Adam LaRoche's unlikely country star pals

June, 20, 2012
Adam LaRoche, Jason Aldean, Luke BryanRick Diamond/CMT/Getty ImagesFrom left, Adam LaRoche, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan have forged a strong friendship.
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche reflects on his friendship with country singers Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, as told to Louise K. Cornetta:

I met Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean when I was playing in Atlanta. I met Jason in 2005, when he sang the anthem. We exchanged numbers, started talking, did a little hunting together and became close.

That same year, Luke played a concert in Atlanta. Back in those days, he was just riding around in a minivan, pulling a trailer from club to club. A bunch of the guys from the team went to his concert at a bar called Wild Bill's, but we ended up getting there late and missing the entire thing. Just for us, Luke came back out on stage and played a private acoustic show for two hours.

Anyway, the three of us -- Jason, Luke and I -- started hanging out and doing a lot of hunting together, mostly white-tailed deer. We just bounce around to each other’s farms and ranches and do a lot of hunting. I would say I’m the best, of course, but I don’t think Luke and Jason would agree.

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