The 2018 baseball season is around the corner, and this week, we got a preview of the on-field look for the Washington Nationals. This season has Nats fans attention specifically as the All-Star game will roll through town in July. Overall, not much changed from what 2017 brought us for the regular season, just one jersey addition and a fresh slate of holiday uniforms. Let’s take a look at what the Nats will wear this season.
Monday was a monumental day for anyone who is invested in the life and happiness of the franchise’s most wonderful closer. Nationals closer Sean Doolittle and Eireann Dolan, a comedy writer studying Theology at Fordham University, became the first Nationals to ever get rings in October when they eloped Monday.
Over the bases and through the steps, to the clubhouse Zimmy goes.
The Ryan Zimmerman Renaissance is the gift that keeps on giving. Homers, extra base hits, infield singles, a renewed spring in his step–all products of this great age in Zim-history. Zimmerman scoring from first on a Howie Kendrick double is another product. The beeline he made for the clubhouse after touching home might be better though.
Bryce Harper got his hair done in Miami, posted a picture of it on his Instagram story, and the entire internet has decided this means another year without a Nats NLCS appearance. And I mean, maybe they’re not wrong.
The Washington Nationals gave Max Scherzer a whole lot of offense for his birthday on Thursday, outdoing any birthday present you’ve ever given or gotten. There might even have to be a rewrite on the Twelve Days of Christmas to change the lyrics to “eight home runs… and a pigeon with a great seat.” Knowing that this is the off-field content we live for, the Nationals didn’t stop there.
Thursday was an off-day for the Nationals, so I had far too much time to ruminate about the the relationship status of a professional baseball team. Yes, I am aware that this means my last two posts on The Nats Blog dot com are about assigning (b)romance-related characteristics to baseball relationships, but the Nationals and the Angels truly left me no choice. The two teams packed the most flirting into a two-game series since Alex Rodriguez asked a woman for her phone number during a game in 2012.
Aaron Judge fought his way to the Home Run Derby title and further into our hearts like Rambo with a baseball bat for a machete or like a Great Dane puppy. I still haven’t decided which yet. Gary Sanchez, Cody Bellinger, Miguel Sano — all the contestants contributed to the night-long monsoon of dingers. God bless the long ball, each and every one. That includes the ones from Justin Bour, who put up 22 home runs only to be beaten by Judge’s 23. But what’s really important about the derby, out of all the bombs and player celebrations, is love.
There are two major takeaways from the Nationals this week: 1. They are very good at playing baseball on the western half of the United States. And 2. They are very good at keeping things interesting off the field.
The Nationals are on a mean streak, and that doesn’t even refer to their 7-1 roadtrip. All it took was Bryce Harper’s retaliation to Hunter Strickland being a giant baby for the Nationals to revv up their fire.