This is how the Nats rookies and various youngters left Nats Park on Sunday. It was a good look. Smurfy.
More details from Adam Kilgore: any player who had never had to dress up like this was required to go Smurf.
That meant 16 players, including Collin Balester, Corey Brown, Danny Espinosa, Steve Lombardozzi, Chris Marrero, Yunesky Maya, Tom Millone, Brad Peacock, Wilson Ramos, Henry Rodriguez, Atahualpa Severino, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Ryan Matthues, and trainer John Hsu.
Ramos was Smurfette. Espinosa had a dumbbell and was Hefty Smurf. And Strasburg was Papa.
“I think I’m going to be the biggest Smurf anybody’s ever seen,” he said.
“This is what baseball is about,” Marrero said, “being a rookie and being able to do this with my friends.”
Dress like Smurfs, he meant.
Jayson Werth appeared to be the ringleader, and the Smurf theme song played in continuous loop in the clubhouse during the dressing. F.P. Santangelo said the episode was “definitely” the best rookie hazing he’d ever seen in his baseball life.