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How did “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” by Journey become the Nats’ radio victory song?

Thank Adam Gracia, a producer at 106.7 FM The Fan, and Dave Jageler, one of the broadcasters who calls Nationals games. “I actually just played it after the first win of the year and heard Dave singing it in the background and knew that I found the right song,” Gracia emails. Jageler and co-broadcaster Charlie Slowes “loved it and it stuck. By the end of the first month they started actually getting a bunch of good feedback from it and how a lot of people really liked it.” How could they not? “Separate Ways” remains a robust showcase of slinky, early-‘80s synths and Steve Perry’s power vocals. It’s so infectious, in fact, that you don’t mind that the lyrics make absolutely no sense in the context of baseball.