Stadium Songs: Washington Nationals
August, 10, 2012
By Andrew Pentis | ESPN The Magazine
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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Song: “Thunderstruck” by ACDC
Tradition: Played as the players emerge from the home dugout in the top of the first inning.
• 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.”
• 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.”