Adam Eaton has been waiting for this weekend for a long, long time — about eleven months, to be exact.
On Opening Day, he kept it simple: a single, a run, a put-out in the outfield were all he needed to deem his first game back a success.
However, on Saturday, he turned on the jets.
It began inauspiciously enough, with a single to lead off the game, just as he had done the day before, then scoring on Matt Adams’ home run. His next at-bat, a double over the centerfielder’s head that one-hopped the wall. After that, another double, which likely would’ve been a triple had Eaton not been conscious of his knee. The next, a home run, followed by a single.
Today was Adam Eaton's first regular season game back atop the #Nats lineup and he did some Adam Eaton things. pic.twitter.com/467NpXlR2F— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 30, 2018
In total: 5-5 with four runs, three RBI, and a homer. All in front of his family and friends from Springfield, Ohio.
.@AdamSpankyEaton set the table quite well today. pic.twitter.com/SsptgA9wVJ— MLB (@MLB) March 31, 2018
Adam Eaton singled.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 31, 2018
Adam Eaton scored.
Adam Eaton doubled.
Adam Eaton scored (again).
*stops to take a breath*
Adam Eaton doubled (again).
Adam Eaton scored (again).
Adam Eaton homered.
Adam Eaton singled (again). pic.twitter.com/OsYEt0OLQt
The next day, Dave Martinez had a choice regarding playing him in back-to-back-to-back games, a major hurdle for players overcoming a lower body injury.
Eaton, apparently, made the decision for him.
Martinez said he didn’t have to find Eaton to ask if he wanted to play today. “He was waiting for me. And he said he was great.”— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) April 1, 2018
However, getting revved up for the next game took some work. He described his preparation:
“Brutal,” Eaton told Mark Zuckerman of MASN. “Honestly. It takes a lot to get ready. But once we’re ready ... once you get hot, I can stay hot. But it takes a good hour-and-a-half to get going and get loose.”
Nonetheless, it didn’t seem to deter him from succeeding yet again today, as he hit (yet another) leadoff single, scored two runs... and hit another home run.
Your daily Adam Eaton HR video. pic.twitter.com/qtqkc1lidt— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 1, 2018
Currently, Adam Eaton’s OPS is at 2.153, with an absolutely absurd .833 BABIP. In comparison, peak-steroid (allegedly) Barry Bonds’ OPS sat at 1.422 in 2004.
Yes, this is the definition of fun with small sample sizes. But over the past three games, Eaton has been worth 0.4 fWAR — in other words, his three game outburst has been no joke.