This is a video of the end of the seventh-inning stretch during Sunday’s Nats game. If you listen to the music, you’ll notice that it’s Martha & the Vandellas singing “Dancing in the Street.”
Pretty standard ballpark musical fare. But for more than a year, the seventh-inning stretch at Nats Park has been reserved for A-ha’s ‘Take On Me,’ a remnant of the magical summer and fall of 2012 when Michael Morse helped that tune become a Nats anthem. The crowd’s renditions from Game 4 and Game 5 of the NLDS that October still kind of give me chills.
Still, some fans and writers — and at least one player — thought more than a year of post-Morse “Take On Me” was enough. Our poll on the topic last month had a pretty clear majority of fans in favor of moving on.
Over the weekend, it happened. For at least the final two games against the Mets, the seventh-inning stretch was A-ha-less.
A Nats spokeswoman told me Monday that after getting some feedback from fans, the team decided to mix up the musical selection and try some new things during that seventh-inning break. They are keeping future options flexible.
A Twitter user pointed out that “Dancing in the Street” finished third in a Nats poll about what song should be used at the stadium after wins. Many fans noticed and reacted to the change in seventh-inning stretch music. Some liked it, and some didn’t.
Biggest #Nats news of the day: No ″Take On Me” during the stretch.— District Sports Nats (@NationalsDSP) May 17, 2014
7th inning stretch & no Take On Me - has that been happening all weekend as well? @dcsportsbog— Kyra Schuster (@KyraSchu) May 18, 2014
@dcsportsbog Nats did not play ″take on me” for the 7th inning stretch yesterday. Post needs to do a five-part investigative series on why.— The Ernie Walker (@TheErnieWalker) May 18, 2014
Dancing In The Streets instead of Take On Me for the second straight day for the stretch at #Nats Park.— Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) May 18, 2014
the lack of Take on Me in the seventh inning stretch was awkward. I don’t like it.— Angela Marie Byers (@angelamariehee) May 18, 2014
No ″Take On Me” in 7th inning at #Nats Park… ″Dancing in the Streets” instead. End of an error?— Roger Noriega (@rogernoriegaUSA) May 18, 2014
No more ″Take On Me”???? Seriously???? #nats— Michelle (@make_lemons) May 18, 2014
Not at the Nats game, but for the record, I support ending Take On Me. It was amazing then, awkward and forced now. Know when to move on.— Kate (@KDixonDC) May 17, 2014