A brief look at some of Nationals Park's quirks

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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— Sun Monster: After a September day game when Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper and right fielder Jayson Werth each misplayed a ball in the sun, 19-year-old Harper said the "Sun Monster" was to blame. Sure enough, the next day, an opponent flubbed a ball hit by Werth for the same reason. Werth said it "borders on ridiculous. I've never seen anything like it. You almost don't have a chance out there as the game goes on." That second game, on Sept. 24, began at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday's game is scheduled to start at 1:07 p.m.

— Presidents Race: Yes, the Nationals will have their mascot race during the fourth inning. A bit of suspense is gone now, though, because Teddy Roosevelt finally won in Washington's final regular-season game on Oct. 3 — his only victory since the fourth-inning "contest" involving 10-foot foam renderings began in 2006.

— A-ha Moment: One of the songs played in later innings before Morse's at-bats is "Take on Me," a 1980s hit from the Norwegian group A-ha, and the crowd really gets into it. They know the lyrics well — "Take on me, take me on. I'll be gone, in a day or two" — and always stretch out that final word, and its high-octave conclusion, for several seconds. Asked what he expects Wednesday, Morse smiled and replied: "It'll be magical. I know it will be."