The Washington Nationals visited some old friends this week, splitting a series with the San Francisco Giants and former National Denard Span, and decidedly sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks, for whom former manager Matt Williams coaches third base. It was a busy week with the non-waiver trade deadline smack in the middle and an off day sprinkled in for good measure and extra off-field escapades. Anthony Rendon got kids to the eye exams, the Nats met Willie Mays, and we all said goodbye to Felipe Rivero and his infinite potential to welcome sturdy veteran closer Mark Melancon.
1. Getting called up to the Show is often described as a whirlwind of emotion, even if it isn’t the player’s first trip. Despite whatever whirlwind Pedro Severino was experiencing, like any self-respecting millennial, he posted his sharp suit to commemorate the occasion. Severino was called up by the Nats to replace injured Jose Lobaton, so Severino has some home run helmet removing skills to sharpen up on.
Sounds like Lobaton’s flu is as severe as Drew’s. pic.twitter.com/3NBuS9lcco
— Jacob Rasch (@serious_jammage) July 29, 2016
2. Trea Turner was also recently called up. Turner is still making ballpark debuts at every turn, including one at AT&T Park. He posted this shot of his first day at the San Francisco stadium, including a view of McCovey Cove, which he’d probably be able to walk on given the speed he’s been showing off.
A photo posted by Trea Turner (@tvturner) on
3. The Nationals, who always seem to be in need of a more reliable closer, traded Rivero and minor league pitcher Taylor Hearn for Melancon on Saturday. From an off-field standpoint, the Nats gained a somewhat active tweeter and a “Jesus Believer, Husband, Father, Strike thrower, & thrill seeker,” according to his twitter bio. The team lost, however, the Felipe slidestep, and one adorable (probably not a baby anymore) baby.
— My name is Jo(e)nas. (@TheNatsBlogJoe) July 30, 2016
— Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) April 19, 2015
— Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) March 19, 2015
At the very least, both tweeted goodbyes to their former teams.
It has been an honor and pleasure to play here for you for nearly four seasons. I am honored to be a Pirate! pic.twitter.com/JAsLlNvrgP
— Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_) July 31, 2016
I would like to thanks to the @Nationals organization for the opportunity to be with them and the fans thanks for everthing !!
— Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) July 30, 2016
It’s amazing how one day u r here and next day there but that’s just life.. Can’t complain still doing what I love!! pic.twitter.com/zrsWyg0rFk
— Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) July 31, 2016
Miss you already, Felipe. Don’t choke any MVPs, Mark.
4. There are a lot of perks of having Dusty Baker as your manager. The stories, the Dusty-isms, and the general competence all pale in comparison, though, to the chance to meet Willie Mays. Actually, most things probably pale in comparison to meeting Willie Mays. Most of the Nationals sound like they might just agree. Ryan Zimmerman even had his picture tweeted from his ziMS Foundation account.
Ryan with possibly the Greatest Player of all time – Willie Mays, in the clubhouse today! pic.twitter.com/aZDplNcsu8
— ziMS Foundation (@ziMSFoundation) July 31, 2016
Got to shake hands today w Willie Mays… But hearing him talk trash on Dusty made it priceless!
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) July 31, 2016
A photo posted by Sammy Solis (@sammy22solis) on
5. Though it seems like Wilson Ramos might have more experience in the eyesight improvement department, it was Anthony Rendon who organized a “vision event” for Nationals Youth Baseball Academy scholar-athletes to receive free eye exams and glasses as needed. Kids got their eye care and a presumably smiley selfie with Rendon.
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 4, 2016
6. It’s not under wraps that Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner are happily engaged again. The engagement has already brought about many adorable instagrams and sneak peeks at ring details. It’s also thankfully allowed for Harper to post a thirty minute Facebook livestream of himself, Varner, and his parents trolleying around San Francisco. There’s lots of Bryce and Kayla loving each other and learning the correct way to park on hilly roads, if that’s your thing.
7. Off days bring out social media posts from even the most laid back of Nationals players, to which I will attribute Heather Zimmerman’s instagram post of herself and Ryan out at a circus. The sign behind the two young parents reads “Cabinet of Curiosities” in French, which makes sense because Ryan at a circus is about as big of a curiosity as it gets.
— Heather Zimmerman (@HeatherZiMS) August 4, 2016
8. Wilson Ramos did not have another baby. I say this just in case you were sent into a confused spiral after seeing a picture of a baby on Ramos’ Instagram feed with congratulations filling the comments. Have no fear, Willy did not hide a pregnancy from the world/social media. His daughter, the “Buffalita,” has turned two. In the caption, Wilson writes “I will always take care of your heart and protect you with my life, my beautiful girl,” because he is not only the most clutch bunter of all time, but also the most adorable dad.
Un día como hoy hace ya 2 añitos me cambiaste la vida por completo mi niña hermosa te amo con todo mi corazón cada sonrisa,locura,tremendura q haces me alegra más la vida q mi Dios te de muchísimos años más de vida para disfrutarlos al máximo siempre cuidaré tu corazón y te protegeré con mi vida Feliz Cumpleaños Mi Niña Hermosa de Papi @yelyescalona
A photo posted by Wilson Abrahan Ramos Campos (@wilsonramosc40) on
9. On Wednesday, Daniel Murphy made sure that Dan Kolko wouldn’t come looking for him on his off day because he’d be at the pool with his wife and kids. According to Bryce Harper’s instagram, Harper and Murphy were either simply on the same page or Harper actually tagged along with Murph and his kids to the pool. If Harper did accompany Murph, he was probably able to teach his young kids a lot about life lessons involving pool selfie #aesthetics.
A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on
10. Jail can teach a person a lot they may or may not want to know, like how to make a shank from a toothbrush or how to effectively kidnap a gnome. Jayson Werth evidently picked up the latter during his time in the slammer, and honestly, we are all better for it. In the midst of a loss to the Giants, Dan Kolko reported on the intense hostage situation the Werth had created by stealing a fan’s Bruce Bochy garden gnome. It was the kind of hard hitting journalism we all have come to expect from the reporter.
JW gnomenapped a Bochy gnome 😂 pic.twitter.com/2wynMUf065
— Jayson Werth’s Beard (@JWerthsBeard) July 31, 2016
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 31, 2016
— Jayson Werth’s Beard (@JWerthsBeard) July 31, 2016
Last and least, the Tweets of the week:
Nobody traded for Harambe.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2016
My brother doesn’t deserve this. https://t.co/ZcfdtdVHjm
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) August 1, 2016
when you find out that your friends have to leave pic.twitter.com/GfarsvyySD
— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) August 1, 2016
Tags: Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth, Mark Melancon, Nationals, Nats, Pedro Severino, Ryan Zimmerman, Trea Turner, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos
Melancon joked about giving up Murphy’s pinch-hit homer in 18-inning game few weeks ago, said he saw the future: “I was tryna help us out”
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 31, 2016