Denard Span, Nats celebrate

(Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

The 2013 Nats season has contained many sad and frustrating moments. Tuesday afternoon seemed set to join that list, when a 3-0 lead disappeared after Tyler Clippard, of all people, gave up an 8th inning home run.

But then things got weird and unpredictable and sportsy, and Tuesday afternoon instead became one of the memorable happy moments, even if the Nats eventually fall short of the playoffs. When you score three runs in the 9th inning off one of the game’s least hittable closers, helped by walks and infield hits and failed bunts and ground-outs and errors, and then everyone jumps around in circles, fans are allowed to be happy, even within the larger context of likely disappointment.

That said, skip the words, and enjoy the pictures. And the sounds. Of Ray Knight shouting YAHOO!

Above is Jayson Werth, looking as much like Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue as any Nats player has in recent memory.

Here is the immediate celebration, with a mysterious batting glove floating carelessly above the pile, seemingly levitating out of joy. Where did you come from, oh batting glove, and where are you going to? Also, Bryce Harper is checking in from the set of Mad Men, and Denard Span is auditioning for a buddy cop comedy.

(Gary Cameron/Reuters)
(Gary Cameron/Reuters)

 

Here is the batting glove again. It really looks to be enjoying itself.

(Gary Cameron/Reuters)
(Gary Cameron/Reuters)

 

Here is Span, treating his teammates as if they were the 2013 Redskins secondary. Broken tackle after broken tackle. No discipline. Lots of grabbing, to little effect. The batting glove, meanwhile, has gone missing.

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

Ian Desmond finally decides to take the 10-yard penalty for holding. #FireHaslett.

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

And here are the Nats doing what appears to be some sort of line dance. A sad Braves player is sad.

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

As that baseline party continued to rage, several Nats closer to home plate concentrated on making funny faces.

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

 

Later, during his postgame MASN interview, Span kept looking behind him, perhaps wary of a looming Gatorade wash. Which never came, if I’m not mistaken. Presumably, though, that mystery batting glove took a Gatorade bath of its own.


(Via MASN)

 

Meanwhile, Ray Knight was howling. (Via @lockmanboy)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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Dan Steinberg · September 17, 2013