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  • A baseball season is very long. From spring training in February through 162 games of the regular season and then hopefully, a few more in October.

    A lot can happen in the course of a game and a season. A myriad of plays, performances, and the never-ending statistics that can define moments of a game, or, an entire season.

    For me, that 'defining moment' occurred on a pleasant evening in September. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and our Washington Nationals were losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-0. As fans were streaming towards the exits, it appeared that the one win needed to clinch a playoff berth was going to have to wait another day.

    Leading off for the Nationals was left-fielder, Michael Morse. The 30-year-old power-hitter was having somewhat of a career-year after starting the season on the disabled list, and had quickly become a favorite of the fans.

    As they come to bat, each of the Nationals players are introduced with what is called 'walk-on' music. Typically, a short snippet of one of the player's favorite popular tunes. For Morse, it happened to be from the 1980's one-hit-wonder group 'a-ha', titled, "Take On Me".

    Of all of the various player's tunes, only this one became popular with the fans as they enjoy participating in a sing-a-long of sorts, in a way, serenading Morse as he steps into the batter's box.

    The tune, in it's 80's beat, blares over the loudspeakers........(with the fans singing backup) "Take on me........ take on me....... Take me on........ take on me" ....then the music stops as Morse steps into the box. But the fans continue on with the next line........ "I'll be gone........ (followed by a falsetto)".

    It was quite a moment then, as it was gone, with Morse hitting the ball into the stands for a solo home run, sparking a 6-run, game-tying rally. The Dodgers went on to win the game in the next inning and the Nationals waited one more night to clinch their first playoff berth, only to lose to the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs.

    In the off-season that followed, Michael Morse was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

    a-ha "Take on Me" - The Official Video
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