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The Nationals had a golf chipping competition before practice today

There were no camels involved, but the Washington Nationals had golf-related fun as a team this morning in West Palm Beach.

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Preface: Huge shoutouts to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports, and Jamal Collier of, who all kindly recorded video of this event and made this article possible.

When Davey Martinez earned the job of manager for the Nationals, both he and the Lerner family promised that Spring Training and the season overall would be more fun — both for the team and the fans.

At the beginning, it was unclear how Martinez would achieve that goal — but when he brought camels to West Palm Beach for the Nats to get “over the hump,” things got a little more tangible and clear.

Today, Martinez had some fun again — by instating a golf chipping competition before practice on Friday.

Martinez wasn’t messing around — he added caddies to the picture as well.

Apparently, John Smoltz — who just happened to be around — got involved too.

Air horns to tell the chippers—who didn’t know where their shots were landing—how they fared? You bethca.

Everyone from Wilmer Difo to Bryce Harper to Victor Robles to Max Scherzer got involved.

It ultimately all came down to Joe Ross for Team Scherzer, who pulled out the victory.

From the tweets and videos, it seemed that the team was enjoying the tournament — however, it’s still unclear if the change in preseason demeanor will have any tangible effect on the end result of the season, which Martinez believes should be a World Series parade.