There’s nothing quite like narrowly escaping a sweep by the Atlanta Braves to really put life, love, liberty, and the Washington Nationals off-field happenings into perspective.
- The perk of being baseball’s biggest star is the early access to the Chewbacca koozie that your team is using as a giveaway and absolutely nothing else. Bryce Harper knows this first-hand. The Nationals are giving away the Star Wars-themed drink apparel for Saturday’s game against the Padres, and the first to put them to good use are Harper’s bats. Our little marketing genius has turned a good-for-nothing koozie into an indispensable hat for a bat. No one tell Darren Rovell.
- Probably the most personal thing known about Jayson Werth is his commitment to clean eating, and also maybe his affinity for Game of Thrones. In an unprecedented show of engagement, Werth spoke on the former (and referring to the latter) for just over thirty minutes at the Organic Trade Associations 2017 Policy Conference because the Nationals’ resident mountain man owns 500 acres of organic farm. Are World Series rings organic? I am just wondering.
— Peggy Miars (@PeggyMiars) May 24, 2017
Dan Steinberg, ever in service to those who care more than they should about this stuff, wrote about Werth’s speech. You can and should read it here.
- For Nationals fans, or maybe just me, it has been a tough week for dealing with the losses of Nats minor leaguers. It was enough that dearly departed, open hearted, wonderful Lucas Giolito pitched a no-no on Thursday, but Nick Rickles had to go and bless us with this, then get traded the next day.
— Nick Rickles (@NickRickles) May 23, 2017
Jose Marmolejos is the best sport ever, and if he ever leaves, I will fling myself off of the first base dugout.
- The quotes given by the battery who secured a victory and a non-sweep of the Braves on Sunday gave some to-the-point gems. Koda Glover recorded the save and told everyone to relax, probably because he cares about keeping down the heart failure rates and not because the weeks-long freak-out about the bullpen was getting old.
“I like him,” Jose Lobaton, the Nationals catcher said postgame. S A M E.
- On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners brought with them one of the most endearing managers in the Nationals’ short history, Manny Acta. The PA announcer acknowledged Acta’s presence at third base, as the relatively sparse crowd, depleted from rain, welcomed him with convincing applause. Acta tipped his cap, and the next day he sat with MASN’s Johnny Holliday to speak candidly and graciously. Thank god he did, otherwise those of us who were 12 at the end of his time with the Nationals might never have realized just how much he looks like Quagmire.
- As a Nationals fan, it is imperative to the enjoyment of the season that you know that your very own Oliver Perez is a tarp conquistador.
— dandy lee strickland (@strickdand) May 20, 2017
Read more hard-hitting journalism on the ordeal here.
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— Ray Knight (@RayKnight25) May 25, 2017
The letter K invented itself for Max Scherzer, before that everything was spelled with a C. https://t.co/5t5F7E2VDF
— Michael Robinson (@dcmrobinson) May 20, 2017
BONUS MLB.com Bill Ladson selfie:
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