Two weeks ago, the Nationals made their rookies and assorted youngers strip bare from the waist up, wear white spandex and blue body paint, and ride a train to New York while dressed as Smurfs.
Since then, they’ve played 14 games, and won 11.
Weirdness, the message seems to be, pays off.
And for the past three days, the Nats went all-out on the weirdness. This was Washington Wizards circa 2006 weirdness, and yet the Nats kept winning, taking two out of three from a Braves team fighting for its playoff life and drawing within two games of .500.
Plus, it seems likely that both the weirdness and the winning will continue in 2012, when the Nats should have virtually all their key pieces back, plus a full year of Strasburg, plus older youngsters and an energized fan base. Plus more weirdness.
You’ve likely seen most of this, but I felt the need to draw together the weekend’s worth of weirdness.
It started early, as you can see above.
Is it a coincidence that Jonny Gomes wore a “Choke” T-shirt? The Nats didn’t take BP on the field and he was the only Nats player that approached the Braves during their BP on the field.
I’d like to think it wasn’t a coincidence.