There's been some back and forth over the past week over whether theNationals should use "Take On Me" as the 7th Inning Stretch Nats anthem--some say Michael Morse left the song to the team and that it's an appropriate commemoration of his contribution to the 2012 run. Others noted his responses on Twitter ("creepy") and wondered if lifting the tune was legit. Still others were ok with the song, but notsomuch the way the Nats cut the music for the collective karaoke high-note -- and then started the music again.
But what strikes me is the fact that it became a thing in the first place. Ever since Michael Morse put the song into his walk-up rotation, I would happily sing along with the '80s pop hit, partly because I *can* hit that high note. But it wasn't a "thing" at first, and it was notable when the press started observing that they could hear the fans singing after the music cut out. Because that was when it became a thing -- aided, I think, by Michael Morse singing the song on MLB's "Intentional Talk."Read More