For a little while there in 2010, it seemed like the Nationals were onto something with that whole Silver Elvis (Silver Fox) gimmick, an unexpected and fun little sidebar after wins; wins which piled up sort of unexpectedly in bunches in April into May. And then the wins stopped showing up so frequently, and sadly the Silver Elvis wig started showing up less frequently on the heads of Nationals players during post-game interviews on TV. Of course, the wig made an unexpected curtain call in August, co-opted by Stan Kasten for his own nefarious purposes (see below).
And so, since the popular thing to do these days is to post best-of lists and 2010 recaps, we thought we'd offer up the First (and Probably Last) Nationals Enquirer Silver Elvis Awards.
But first, before we get to that, be sure to head over and check out the DC-Internet Baseball Writers Association 2010 Player Achievement Awards. We're card-carrying members ourselves, don't you know.
And now, without further ado, the First (and Probably Last) Nationals Enquirer Silver Elvis Awards:
Best Silver Elvis Appearance: June 8, Strasburg's debut, of course:
Runner up, Best Appearance: April 16, Josh Willingham also shushes his kid during post game interview. Also, Most Frequent Silver Elvis: Josh Willingham (4 appearances on TV, by our count).
Second Runner up, Best Appearance: July 1, Nyjer Morgan finally does something right on the field, then goes berserk during his post-game interview:
First Appearance on TV, on a player: Willie Harris:
Last Apperance on TV: Stan Kasten gives Rizzo the shaving cream pie/Silver Elvis Treatment in the wee hours after signing Bryce Harper, August 17:
Only 130-something days until Nationals pitchers and catchers report...