On Thursday, Bryce Harper put on a show in his first BP session since undergoing thumb surgery (watch MLB.com video here). On Friday, the Nationals posted a Vine of Harper and Wilson Ramos (on the DL for a bad hammy) making loud noises during BP while destroying baseballs. It warms the heart.
(Up above, Matt Williams writes himself a reminder to beat the Braves at least one more time this sesason. Screencap via MASN/MLBTV)
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin forgot to mention the Braves beating the Nationals.
Braves 3, Nationals 0: Remember that time the Nationals beat the Braves? Nats fall to 1-6 in 2014 and 7-19 the past two seasons against Atlanta.
"I don’t know what it is. You’ve got to think losing that many games, it’s not all coincidence. They play us tough, plain and simple. They come up with some big hits, and we seem to not get a whole lot of action on the basepaths. I don’t know what it is. At this point, between them and St. Louis, we’re just kind of snakebit." (Adam LaRoche, via NatsInsider, 6/20/2014)
And here's the video of Jayson Werth's fantastic stop-slide in the third inning Wednesday night, in which he eludes Jose Altuve's tag to complete the stolen base. Werth went on to score the Nats second run of the game shortly thereafter. After the game, Werth dubbed his slide "The Old Whoop-Dee-Do":
Jayson Werth coins a name for his slide into second base: "I gave them The Old Whoop-Dee-Do."
And so, in addition to bring up the Strasburg shutdown unsolicited (again!) during his meet-and-greet with reporters in San Francisco last night, Michael Morse said that Giants fans do the "Take on Me" singalong better than Nats fans:
The parade of Zimmermann's teammates who videobombed his postgame interview with MASN's Dan Kolko was pretty good too. Watch video above (via MASN's YouTube page; also here on MLB.com). Highlights of the first 30 seconds include: