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Bryce Harper reveals his walk-up music for the 2014 season (video)

Last season, Bryce Harper used “Bring Sally Up” (actually entitled “Flower”) by Moby, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C. as his walk-up at-bat music. This season, the Washington Nationals young hip superstar is mixing it up a bit but nevertheless sticking with one song from last year that worked for him.

Harper, along with other Nationals players, recently spoke with The Washington Post’s Whitney Leaming (above) and among the topics discussed was their plans for walk-up music for the upcoming season.

“I’ve got three: ‘Bring Sally Up’ by Moby, and then ‘Dark Horse,’ by Katy Perry, and ‘To Kill Ya,’ ” Harper revealed. “If the fans sing it, that’ll be cool. So I’m excited.”

“To Kill Ya”? Wait. What? Who? I’m not familiar with that ditty. But then again, I’m not up on what’s going on in music these days. Let’s be honest, Boz Scaggs and Bob Mould are more my speed and my era.

Also, Katy Perry is an interesting choice. As far as odd choices for walk-up music are concerened, it’s not as out there as Troy Tulowitzki using Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” a few years back. Or, for coolness, how Jayson Werth used the “Game of Thrones” theme last season.

Personally, I’d like to know what Harper listened to for workout music as got all bulked up and accumulated muscle mass this offseason. My guess is it was something hardcore, like Pantera or Rage Against the Machine or something like that. You know, to get him pumped about getting pumped up.

Learning also asked players about any superstitions they may have.

“I mean, I take the same amount of swings in the on-deck circle,” Harper said. “I hop the line every time, warm up with the same guy. I mean, there’s so many things. If my wrist bands working, I’m gonna use that every single day. If my tape job’s working I’m gonna use that. I mean, I kiss my bat in the on-deck circle before I go up to hit. I mean, there’s so many that I have to have.”

Harper also said that he intends to primarily use the Moby track as his walk-up music. So that’s another superstition right there.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]