Washington Nats from the Washington Post/DCist
Nats Pick Stadium Music (Updated)
Mea major culpa, full list of song choices below, Chuck Brown is indeed included, apologies to the Nats.
This asking-the-fans-to-pick-the-music trend has been percolating for a few years--remember last spring, when fans were allowed to pick David Wright's at-bat music--but the Nationals have now entered the American Idol era with a wide-ranging musical plea to their fans. From this morning's release:
Through an online voting system, fans may select the song the team plays after a Nationals Home Run, during the Seventh Inning Stretch (immediately following baseball's traditional "Take Me Out To The Ballgame") and after a Nationals victory....
UPDATE: The full list of choices:
Home Runs: Because We Can (Fatboy Slim), Bustin Loose (Chuck Brown), Kernkraft 400 (Zombie Nation), Off We Go--Air Force Theme (Robert Crawford), Song 2-Woo Hoo (Blur).
7th Inning Stretch: Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations), Rock Me Gently (Andy Kim), September (Earth Wind & Fire), Shout (Otis Day and the Knights), The Gambler (Kenny Rogers), Twist And Shout (the Beatles), YMCA (Village People), You Gotta Have Heart (Damn Yankees The Musical).
Post-game Victories: Beautiful Day (U2), Celebration (Kool and the Gang), Dancing In The Streets (Martha Reeves and the Vandelas), How Do You Like Me Now (Toby Keith), Rock and Roll Part 2 (Gary Glitter).
If "Shout" becomes the 7th Inning tradition....well, I just feel like with a new stadium, a new team, a new quadrant, a new outfield, a new scoreboard and a new concessionaire, it might befit the team not to choose a 7th Inning anthem that is regularly played in every sports venue in the country.
I call that the audacity of hope, and I believe that yes, we can seize our future. But that's the beauty of democracy, I guess. Voting begins tomorrow at 9 am; no word if write-ins are accepted, but I'd be curious to hear your musical additional ideas.