The Washington Nationals exploded for four home runs off Craig Stammen in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres, which is all good and normal. (They did it in 2017, for crying out loud! Try five in a row for once, you loafers!)
Far more interesting than the homers themselves, though, was the way the team celebrated each home run in the dugout. While the Nationals haven’t gained league-wide notoriety like some teams (looking at you, Phillies) for their excitement in the dugout, they still had some fun dance parties with Gerardo Parra each time — so let’s look at the best and worst from the afternoon.
Note: A special thank you to the incredible content creation machine that is FBB’s own Blake Finney, without whom this piece would have been impossible.
#4: Anthony Rendon
Anthony kept his celebration on-brand: relaxed, loose, and quick to the point, with the implication that he’s capable of far more. A quick sprint through the dugout and a near-dance with Gerardo Parra before a beard stroke were all he had to offer before heading back to the bench with a smile on his face. Perhaps it was because he was the last of four in a row and had no chance to be original, but it was nevertheless nothing exceptional in the context of the afternoon.
I don't have a caption for this one, but it's everything I ever wanted. pic.twitter.com/qmQx9VcisF— Blake Finney (@FinneyBlake) June 9, 2019
#3: Trea Turner
Trea also went through the clubhouse dance party tunnel to a meeting with Parra at the end, where he sort of flailed around — but he brought way more energy than Anthony Rendon, so he earns points there.
Trea Turner: Good at baseball, not good at dancing. pic.twitter.com/I8bltdBnZ3— Blake Finney (@FinneyBlake) June 9, 2019
Also, slightly relevant if you need a new potential meme pic.twitter.com/I8Z0hnyS4K— Blake Finney (@FinneyBlake) June 9, 2019
T1: Howie Kendrick
Howie’s dance moves are, by far, unparalleled on the Nationals — or at least among the four players who hit the homers. He moves in a way unparalleled to any other National celebrating a homer—perhaps logically, given that his homer was the most important of the four—and gets some hip rotation that no other player rivals. So much for the “old guy” reputation, at least when it comes to the joints.
T1: Adam Eaton
Federal Baseball has yet to take site-wide notice of just how phenomenal Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick’s race car celebration is. That ends now: their dugout journeys to the Daytona 500 are both relevant to their off-the-field interests and a scream to watch. The celebration is less impressive than Kendrick’s slick moves, but still warrants a number one ranking.
(Skip to 0:17 to watch Eaton, or just watch the whole thing again. Either way works.)
Neither Brian Dozier nor Stephen Strasburg hit home runs, but watching the two get excited yesterday — which for Dozier counts as embarrassing himself with a dab after scoring a run, and for Strasburg counts as expressing emotion in a ballpark — was still a treat to see.
“Dad, don’t embarrass me.”— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2019
“Don’t worry, kiddo. I won’t.”