Friday, May 22, 2015

Ultimate Power Rankings

While this blog usually focuses on baseball analytics, today we tackle a much more important subject… Nationals walk up song power rankings. For the uninitiated, walk up songs are songs players request to be played while they walk up to the batter’s box or pitcher’s mound. So this is clearly serious business.

Honorable Mention:

BIG10 Crowd Favorite Award: Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. This favorite of BIG10 football crowds and real football crowds has reach YMCA status in terms of being overplayed in stadiums, but it still gets me fired me up.

Sylvester Stallone Memorial Award: Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Almost makes you want to run up some stairs, no?

DC Synergy Award: Denard Span – The Girls on Drugs by Wale. Props to Denard Span for leading off home games with a song from local DC product and Wizards front man, Wale, bringing together the two franchises. Dare I call it bi-partisan? No, this is still DC after, that doesn't happen.

6. Ryan Zimmerman – Lazaretto by Jack White. Ryan Zimmerman has a great track record when it comes to walk up songs, mixing country, rap, and 80’s on a consistent basis, so in some ways this is a lifetime achievement award for, in my opinion, the face of the franchise. Lazaretto is a good song that has some great guitar from one of the best in Jack White and unexpectedly gets me ready to hit.

5. Tanner Roark – Stranglehold by Ted Nugent. As you might tell, I’m a sucker for some good guitar, and Roark brings that with this Nugent song. Bonus points for a baseball relevant song: given his recent usage by Matt Williams, Roark is probably set up to record a few more Holds as the season wears on. Get it?

4. Max Scherzer – Energy by Drake. Scherzer is playing up the “everyone is out to get us” card with this song, which after Bryce’s preseason comments, opposing teams probably are. And I love it. He only gets up to 4th, though, because it's a song by the Raptors front man.

3. Drew Storen – God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash. Closers have a pretty easy time picking an intro song. You can go with metal a la Mariano Rivera. You can go with techno as you burst through the bullpen door to take the mound in the 9th inning. That’s what makes this choice by Drew Storen a top three. He takes a song that’s relevant for his role on the team, but goes the opposite route of most players and takes a song that is most definitely not a run through the wall, 1000% energy song. In reality, baseball is about controlling your energy and focusing in on what you have to do in order to perform. Storen picked a winner.

2. Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. Werth plays up the beard here, with a nod to his scruffy and popular look. It’s not the first season he has used this song, but when you find a winner, sometimes you just have to stick with it. Plus it’s a fun song. He gets bonus points for some of his other song choices, including one plucked out of Game of Thrones. "All men must Natitude" I'm pretty sure that's how the saying goes in Westeros.

1. Bryce Harper – The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra. Taking a page out of a legend’s notebook is always a good call. Plus Bryce is basically calling out all the “haters” who were writing him off well before his age 22 season. He may be on the look out for a new song, since it seems like the best has arrived. Maybe he should just put Cartman from South Park on repeat. Again, bonus points for a good song mix as well, as he works in Flower by Moby (a shockingly good walk up song) and throws in some country in Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker. He does lose points for using Sugar by Maroon 5, but not enough to knock him out of the top spot.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea. I noticed the other night that the Nats are putting the name of the song and artist on the scoreboard during the walk-up.