Skip to content

Morse returns to Nats Park

Aug 22, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today Photo by USA Today

Michael Morse walked into the visitors clubhouse at Nationals Park and put his bag down at the locker marked No. 38. He took his headphones out and walked down the hall poking his head in each doorway.

“I’ve never been in here before,” he said.

On Friday, the now-San Francisco Giant returned to Nats Park for the first time since October of 2012, when Washington lost in Game 5 of the NLDS to St. Louis. Morse has been on three different teams in the less than two years since, but had yet to come back with any of them.

“It’s weird,” Morse said when asked how it feels to return to D.C. “It feels good. I got a lot of friends here, I got a lot of memories.”

Morse, a veteran of 10 MLB seasons, spent four years in a Nationals uniform and became a fan favorite along the way. His final season in D.C. saw soldout crowds sing his walk-up song, ‘Take On Me,’ in unison.

Morse left in an offseason trade after the 2012 season, a move that was controversial among fans, especially last year when the Nats missed the playoffs. Fans in Washington still adore him and he has fond memories of playing here.

“Biggest memory would probably be getting to the postseason. I think whenever you get a chance to get to the postseason, it helps a player out in his career.”

Morse will likely get a positive reception from fans during his at-bats this weekend as the Nats take on the Giants in a three-game series. Though Morse is excited to play in D.C. again, he does not know what to expect in terms of an applause.

“I don’t know. We have so much more going right now with just trying to win and trying to win a series. I don’t think I have time to think about that stuff right now. I’m happy to be here,” he said.

Morse said he looks forward to seeing former teammates Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth in particular. He and Desmond have plans to hang out this weekend.

First, however, he has a job to do of course. And even though Morse is friendly with the Nationals and their fans, he is on a team fighting for playoff position as well.

Morse is happy for the Nationals and their 10-game winning streak, as long as it ends soon.

“I think it’s great. Any time any team wins 10 games it’s awesome. It’s good for them, but hopefully we can break it today.”

  1. Smyrcok - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    He was a good Nat.

  2. micksback1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Take on me
    Take me on
    I’ll be gone
    In a day or two
!!!!!

    I really miss Beast. I understand the move, but I really liked him.

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Eh, hopefully not. ;-)

    “It’s good for them, but hopefully we can break it today.”

  4. janebeard - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I hope he took in how many people were standing and cheering. The Giants fans around us were a little taken aback. I will always miss him. It sure seems like the management underestimated how much his vibe helped the club house. But we are back on track now even with last night’s loss.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
-------------------------
PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter