Beginning today at: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/fanvote_form.jsp, Nationals fans (or anybody who wishes to prank the Nats and pick some really crappy music), have the ability to pick the songs that get played following a home run, during the 7th inning streth (after Take Me Out to the Ballgame), and after Chad Cordero shuts down the opposing team for a victory (which will happen more than you think this year). Choices are as follows:
Following Home Run:
Because We Can - Fatboy Slim
Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown (D.C. legend)
Zombie Nation - Kerncraft 4000 (at every Terp football and basketball game)
Off We Go (Air Force Theme) - Robert Crawford
Song 2 - Blur
7th Inning Stretch:
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers (did somebody clear this option with Selig?)
Rock me Gently - Andy Kim
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Shout - Otis Day and the Knights
Twist and Shout - Beatles
YMCA - Village People
You Gotta Have Heart - Damn Yankees Soundtrack
Nothing like a Broadway showtune about an infamously futile Washington baseball team to make the 7th inning stretch feel happy and GAY.
Following Victory: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 (a FUCKING FOOTBALL SONG)
Rock and Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter (obviously oblivious to the child porn issue)
So let's see, if Zombie Nation, YMCA, You Gotta Have Heart, or Celebration are winners, I'll be hugely upset. Other than that, it'll be alright.
My selections were Bustin Loose because it's unique to DC and the chorus is pretty fun for a home run, September for 7th inning stretch because there is the distinct possibility for audience participation during the choruses, and Dancing in the Streets because I want a song that's going to widen the smile on my face as I'm leaving the ballpark following a win (given that I'll have a 30-minute wait for a Metro train ahead of me and a 45 minute ride on Metro home).
Not a bad way for the Nats to start getting fan involvement in the new park, but I wish there were some better selections. Some of them just don't work.