The Nationals played 162 games in 2016 — not counting Spring Training or a short-lived playoff run. And the Nationals are not without characters, that’s for sure. So as the world embraces Cubs fever, let’s take a quick break and take a look back at the weirdness (and awesomeness) that was the Nationals’ 2016 season.
Honorable Mention: Danny Espinosa Fu Manchu Bobblehead
Why this existed, we’ll never know. Nonetheless.
5. Anthony Rendon’s hair
We always knew that Anthony Rendon had quite a head of hair (which, sometimes becomes a mullet), but this went above and beyond our expectations. Seriously, how had he been keeping it all under his hat for that long?
4. So. Many. T-SHIRTS.
Trea Turner is wearing a Bob Henley T-shirt. pic.twitter.com/Cdoz3CmHfM— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 4, 2016
The Nationals made a lot of custom t-shirts this year. As in t-shirts about their third-base coach, Bob Henley (see above, which, in retrospect, may now touch some nerves). They made shirts for their bullpen coach, Dan Firova. They made shirts about being relievers. Jose Lobaton made shirts that read “recta carne” (translating to “fastball meat”). Anthony Rendon made his own “I Love Taylor Swift” shirt.
A lot of shirts.
3. The relievers played a lot of soccer in right field and it was *amazing*
Yusmeiro Petit just beat goalkeeper Shawn Kelley to give the Latinos a lead in the soccer game in right field.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) August 24, 2016
Shawn Kelley scored a big goal in the pregame soccer match. International squad responded with one almost immediately.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 6, 2016
Things I see: Murphy jogging, bullpen playing frisbee and also soccer, Heisey flying remote controlled airplane from upper deck #Nationals— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 24, 2016
2. Max Scherzer stands at the corner of K & 20th after striking out 20
Turns out the District was the perfect setting for baseball's latest 20-strikeout game. pic.twitter.com/9B7zZYJt78— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 13, 2016
A day after throwing 20 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer celebrated appropriately.
1. Bryce Harper wears a “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat on Opening Day
Bryce Harper wearing a "Make Baseball Fun Again" hat. Love it, so much. pic.twitter.com/zESqRjO0qN— Mr. Schäfer (@misterschafer) April 5, 2016
The hat that sparked a movement — nay, a revolution. The hat that created the rallying cry for generations to come. And, the hat worn by Bryce Harper.
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