It was a week like any other week. Max Scherzer took another no-hitter into the sixth inning, the Nationals played sub-par games against the Orioles, the Washington Capitals were eliminated in the second round… But from beyond the DL, Adam Eaton led the charge to break up the monotony that led to off-field highlights of the week.
- Putting all Instagram models to shame, Eaton posted a photo of himself fresh out of surgery, hair matted down from sweat and all. All the photo really proves is that his right thumb is working great and that he is quickly taking hold of the top spot on the Nats social media rankings.
Putting his collection of souped-up cars to shame, Eaton’s new Knee Rover made an appearance in the clubhouse. This is the kind of bike that helps get you off the DL and doesn’t put you on it, ahem, Madison Bumgarner. The Nats made sure that their teammate’s new ride had a parking spot, which is truly the most adorable thing to happen with three pieces of masking tape and certainly the most noteworthy (beating out the tape on the back of Donald Trump’s bowtie and every piece of tape used to divide rooms in sitcoms).
Putting Picasso to shame, the tape mural created in homage to Mighty Mouse (Eaton’s nicknamesake) was revealed Thursday afternoon. It truly is a masterpiece and whoever is responsible for this and the original parking spot should be hoisted onto the shoulders of the Nationals and paraded around Nats Park to adoring cheers. It’s that good. You know what they say, great art comes from great pain of losing a key player for an entire season.
(Putting literally everyone to shame is this bonus pic of B-man in dad’s helmet.)
- Eaton wouldn’t let Instagram be the only platform he took reign of. He and Sammy Solis also live-tweeted support of their teammates. It won’t be long until they’re arguing hotdog philosophy and the merits of ballpark proposals.
— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) May 6, 2017
— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) May 7, 2017
— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) May 10, 2017
— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) May 11, 2017
— Sammy Solis (@Sammy22Solis) May 6, 2017
Oh and #Enny4VP
— Sammy Solis (@Sammy22Solis) May 6, 2017
- Since Sammy and Adam have all the cheering from the sidelines taken care of, Scherzer is able to comfortably slip into the role of heckler, at least in Philadelphia. Must be something in the water there.
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) May 7, 2017
Max is always sure to get in on the booing action that is taken against teammate Jayson Werth. Max usually boos with the crowd at Citizens Bank Park, but Sunday, Werth’s two-run blast was so rousing that it inspired him to turn and boo against traffic. What a hero.
- The fire detectors in Philly must be equipped to detect the Nationals’ smoking hot bats, because the Nationals were forced out of their hotel by fire alarms at about 1:30 Sunday morning. It was bound to happen, given the temperature-related superlatives MLB social media accounts keep bestowing upon the Nationals. Extra warm start or not, Stephen Strasburg did not seem happy, and he is all the more #relatable for it.
The fire alarm went off at the Nats hotel at 1:30am, and I am 94% sure that’s a very grumpy Stephen Strasburg pic.twitter.com/LSWaJPkncb
— Mina (@maddc8) May 7, 2017
- It’s common knowledge by this point that after every homerun, Bryce Harper signals “I love you” to his family’s seats at Nats Park. The hand gesture was even worked into the structure of Kayla Harper’s engagement ring. However, in a teary Mother’s Day feature where he reads a letter to his mom, our little Brycey revealed the beginnings of the tradition. You can watch it here. I don’t know why I’m crying in the clubhouse right now.
- Baseball players are known for shoving ungodly amounts of gum, and sometimes other less appealing things, into their mouths. Adam Eaton and Adam Jones are two Adams who’ve made a name for themselves by making plays and hitting grand slams while blowing bubbles. Anthony Rendon, however, is much more tactful in his gum consumption. He knows that not only does slow and steady win the race, but that slow and steady allows him to throw gum at MASN sideline reporter Dan Kolko each inning. That’s what revolutionaries do. They tally RBI and they throw sticky confections at podcasters.
- Nationals players were extremely NSFW and had some hot attitudes to match their hot start this week. Nats fans are used to Scherzer’s curse-laden resistance to being removed from games before he is ready, which he demonstrated again on Tuesday. Apparently Max’s language has rubbed off on Stephen Strasburg who was caught swearing during his last start. But most noteable of all is buttoned-up Daniel Murphy receiving his first career ejection for blowing up at Laz Diaz.
— Morgan Bagg (@MorganBagg) May 10, 2017
- Max Scherzer launched his new site that allows fans to get the autographs they pine for while donating money to the autographer’s chosen charity. Scherzer has done similar campaigns in the past, but this time it’s permanent with an official site. Scherzer, Rendon, Strasburg, and Ryan Zimmerman are the featured athletes. Max’s charity is, of course, the Humane Society.
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) May 9, 2017
— Erica May-Scherzer (@emaysway) May 9, 2017
Here is a single good tweet:
so much for the tolerant left https://t.co/sEZgjjoEWj
— EDK (@keegsdotcom) May 7, 2017
Here are some good tweets you probably missed because you don’t stay up until 2am watching a billion inning Cubs/Yankees game:
When another boy has a balloon pic.twitter.com/JTQw644Sz0
— Matt (@M5Hansen) May 8, 2017
Tags: Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Max Scherzer, Nationals, Nats, Sammy Solis, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
The upside of this game is that we’re finally getting an answer to the question of “at what point is baseball drugs”
— Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein) May 8, 2017