Strange thing, this Natitude.
Over the course of 81 home games this season, the rites, rituals and codes at Nationals Park have become both passionate and arcane. We finally let Teddy win. We never asked clown questions. And when Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse approached the plate, we threw our lungs into the least-macho battle cry in all of Major League Baseball: A-ha’s “Take On Me.”
More than 41,000 fans will help sing the ’80s mega-hit on Wednesday afternoon when the Nats host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. You remember the words, right? “Take on me . . .” A little bit louder now: “Take me on . . . ” Then, the music vanishes from the loudspeakers and the fans finish the chorus in banshee falsetto: “I’ll be gone . . . In a day or twooooooo!” (Does anyone really know that last line, though? Inay-oh-oooooooooh!)
This is all news to the guys in A-ha.