Players’ weekend has come and gone, and with it, the bright colors will slowly fade back into the private wardrobes of the Nats — luckily, we can still reminisce on what once was.
Best cleats: Bryce Harper
Day 2 of players weekend! I’m so excited for this pair of cleats and bats because the kids that were able to draw and write on them mean the world to me! These kids are part of my Harper’s Heroes program that has come together with my partnership with @llsnatcap! There are many things in life that are much bigger than baseball and these kids show me that every time I see them! They are absolutely incredible! #cancersucks
Are they the most artistically sound? No. Are they the most exciting? Well, in terms of the sheer amount of colors, absolutely. But most importantly, Bryce Harper had the participants from Harper’s Heroes—his partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that connects him with children fighting blood cancers—color his cleats (and his bat, but we can’t give one player on one day everything).
Honorable mention: Juan Soto
Juan Soto ready to represent for #PlayersWeekend @Nationals #Nats #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/VYVulTkNvq— La Vida Baseball (@LaVidaBaseball) August 24, 2018
Players from outside of the U.S. rarely get to showcase their flag as often as American players do, so Juan Soto absolutely deserves the chance to show some Dominican pride.
Best nickname: Adam “Spanky” Eaton
I was nicknamed Spanky when I was only days old by my Pops. When I hear the name I immediately go back to Springfield, Ohio where I learn so much about life and baseball. I’m only here because of the love and dedication my Mom and Pops have instilled in me. Without them, I’d be lost. Love you guys! #momandpops #playersweekend #rememberwhereyoucamefrom
Adam Eaton’s nickname is cute (see the caption for more details), but it’s also fun — and exactly what you want your leadoff (number two? five? Davey Martinez hasn’t really established a consistent lineup) hitter to be named.
Best shoutout: Sean Doolittle
extremely logged on and excited for #PlayersWeekend pic.twitter.com/od7TxfjSLd— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) August 24, 2018
Most other players included shoutouts to their parents or their siblings, but Sean Doolittle, who frequents the internet occasionally, decided to turn one of his favorite Twitter jokes into something that he wore proudly on his sleeve (literally).
Most intimidating nickname: Koda “Bear” Glover
It’s either the nickname, or the fact that one would not like to make Koda Glover angry. Maybe it’s both.
Coolest/scariest cleats: Koda Glover
Many thanks @NikeN7 @nikebaseball for the #PlayersWeekend nasty kicks! Go Nats! @Nationals pic.twitter.com/MYrvx8D7Nu— Koda Glover (@koda_glover) August 18, 2018
To be fair, it feels unlikely that Glover designed these with the intent of showing them to batters. But if he ever did throw a cleat in a fight, these would be the pair to have on.