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Nats Launch New Batting Songs

This, sadly, is a woefully incomplete story. The final chapter will be told. Tomorrow, maybe.

Anyhow, when I was at Monday's Nats game, I heard some rumblings of several Nats choosing new songs for their plate appearances. In fact, Robert Fick was spotted, CD in hand, in some back tunnel. Clearly, I wanted to know who was choosing which song and why, so I went back to RFK yesterday to find out.

This is Jibbs, the new artistic muse of your Washington Nationals.

"My song is actually 'King Kong,' and I chose it because it reminds me of Ray King," Fick told me, referring to the classic ditty by Jibbs (featuring Chamillionaire). "I wanted to get it for [King], but I said [forget] that, I'm stealing it."

"He stole it from me," King confirmed. "He stole my ring tone, too. Don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth. It's all hot air."

Moving on, Felipe Lopez added some new hip hop songs for his plate appearances, but claimed he didn't know any of their names; "he probably doesn't," Ryan Zimmerman said, when I expressed doubt about this. Ryan Langerhans added "Killing in the Name Of," a change from Atlanta, where he had gone with Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Zimmerman chose to include in his song pool a rock remix of "This is Why I'm Hot," featuring a band called Purple Popcorn, which neither of us had ever heard of. His other choices remain the same: "This is the Way I Live" by Baby Boy Da Prince, "Walk it Out" by DJ Unk and "We Takin' Over" by DJ Khaled.

Nick Johnson claimed his song was by Lionel Richie; I'm not sure if he was serious. Anyone who knows, please advise. But you might be interested in knowing that the mother of Official Caps Beat Writer Tarik El-Bashir grew up on the same street as Richie.

Nook Logan didn't really change his song; just the passage that gets played when he's at the plate. The song remains "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" by Lil' Wayne, but now we hear part of a verse, not the chorus. That's how it was supposed to be from the beginning; "I was like, 'dude I didn't ask for this part'," Logan said of his response when he heard the mistake.

Tony Batista, of course, has no music, "because I believe in Jesus Christ," he told me. "So I think it's better that way. I never put on music when I'm going to hit."

He said he doesn't know any songs in English that would reflect his beliefs; I suggested a Spanish song might work. "Yeah, but I don't have a CD right now," he said. Fair enough.

Dmitri Young hasn't changed his song, but for the record, it's "Throw Some D's," the continuation of whose chorus I cannot print here.

And Jerome Williams, who, sadly is now on the DL, was choosing some new Hawaiian music for his plate appearances when I was in the clubhouse on Monday.

"If I say it, you wouldn't understand it," he said, when I asked for titles. "Nothing you would have ever heard of, I guarantee you that."

But he said such music makes him calm and relaxed, and that he often listens to such tunes. Sure enough, when the clubhouse emptied out for BP yesterday, Williams remained, watching TV and listening to soothing Hawaiian music. "Like I said, you can't understand it," he said, when he saw me.

But the point is, some players made changes on Monday, such as Robert Fick.

"And I got no hits, so if I don't get any hits today it's going to be gone," he said. I asked who had the best musical selections on the team.

"Probably Zimmerman," Fick said. "He looks into it way too much. He changed his [Monday], too. I didn't get a chance to see what it was. I was too locked in on Smoltz, trying to figure out how to get a hit off him. Didn't work. He walked me, though."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 16, 2007; 2:47 PM ET
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I'm still waiting for one of these guys to cue up the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat." Seems like that might deter brushback pitches.

Posted by: DevilGrad | May 16, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

They have no right to take "We Takin' Over"

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | May 16, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Jibbs be the artistic muse of Gibbs?

Posted by: Cindy | May 16, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Last season I distinctly recall Nick Johnson using Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" as his walk up music. In 2005, I think it was Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot."

Posted by: Kevin | May 16, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the bog needs a theme song. Perhaps Rocky?

Posted by: LB | May 16, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't Jibbs be the artistic muse of Gibbs?"

You must be thinking of Jesus

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | May 16, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I am so seriously bummed not a one of the Nats changing their batting music picked my vodcast music!! I think that would spur on a win streak. C'mon Fick! The band is Muse, the album is "Black Holes and Revelations" Track 4.

Posted by: misschatter | May 16, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of the music. It's annoying. You can't hear it half the time in many parts of the stadium. Who really cares what the players listens to anyway. Watch the freakin' game.

Posted by: bonzo | May 16, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of the music. It's annoying. You can't hear it half the time in many parts of the stadium. Who really cares what the players listen to anyway. Watch the freakin' game.

Posted by: bonzo | May 16, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

If the players like to hear music as they stride to the plate, then the Nats had darn well better play music as they stride to the plate, in my opinion. Just think how poorly we'd be batting if our batters weren't pumped up!

Posted by: Lindemann | May 16, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Queen's "I Want It All" would make for good walk-up music...

Posted by: Juan-John | May 16, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

My favorite is Nelly's "Pimp Juice"

Posted by: RyanWhoop | May 18, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The batting music has become part of the game! And if you're not totally paying attention, it helps identify who's up. Like last year, you hear "Ridin" and you knew Zimmerman was up...crazy kids these days...

Posted by: Caff | May 18, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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