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From Veteran Ryan Zimmerman to Rookie Zach Walters: The Washington Nationals’ 2014 Walk-Up Playlist

The list includes artists from the Stones to Pitbull, and Soriano has his own mix.

What’s Jayson Werth’s walk-up song? Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Fans of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones who also happen to be fans of the Nationals’ Jayson Werth have noticed this season that the Thrones theme plays when the ace slugger walks up to bat. Last year his “walk-up” song was “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin. What do these choices tell us about Werth? If you ask him, please let us know, though any Werth fan knows he is a man of much mystery and few words. The other players’ walk-up picks are glimpses into their personalities, too, and hopefully part of the juice that fires them up to swing for a home run. Bryce Harper prefers Moby, Stephen Strasburg the White Stripes; Rafael Soriano has a “custom mix.”

As we did last year, we asked the Nationals for the team’s playlist. Usually each player has two or three songs, but the list below includes the number-one choices of most of the players.

Pitcher Doug Fister: “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw

Pitcher Taylor Jordan: “Collide” by Skillet

Pitcher Tanner Roark: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg: “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes

Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann: “Hell on Wheels” by Brantley Gilbert

Pitcher Aaron Barrett: “Thunderstruck” by ACDC

Pitcher Jerry Blevins: “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones

Pitcher Tyler Clippard: “Ready or Not” by the Fugees

Pitcher Ross Detwiler: “Wherever I May Roam” by Metallica

Pitcher Rafael Soriano: Custom mix

Pitcher Craig Stammen: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Pitcher Drew Storen: “When the Lights Go Out” by the Black Keys

Pitcher Blake Treinen: “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Outfielder Scott Hairston: “Blue Sky” by Common

Outfielder Bryce Harper: “Flower” by Moby

Outfielder Nate McLouth: “Kyrie Eleison” by Mr. Mister

Outfielder Tyler Moore: “Creepin’” by Eric Church

Infielder Ian Desmond: “One-Sixteen” by Trip Lee

Infielder Danny Espinosa: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Infielder Kevin Frandsen: “Snow (Hey Oh)” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Infielder Adam LaRoche: “My Kind of Party” by Jason Aldean

Infielder Zach Walters: “Anything Could Happen (Henry Fong remix)” by Ellie Goulding

Infielder Ryan Zimmerman: “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” by Billy Joel

Catcher José Lobatón: “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull

Catcher Wilson Ramos: “Wepa” by Gloria Estefan