Doug Fister was a first-team all-conference selection in basketball at Golden Valley High in Merced, Calif., before he chose to focus solely on baseball at Merced College and later Fresno State. The Nationals’ 6-foot-8 starting pitcher would likely run circles around his teammates on the hardwood, though his dugout hoop skills could use some work.
In keeping with the Nationals’ most recent goofy home run celebration, Fister snatched Adam LaRoche’s helmet off his head after LaRoche returned to the dugout following a solo home run against Atlanta early Sunday morning.
While teammates high-fived LaRoche, Fister squared up a shot at a makeshift hoop created by Kevin Frandsen’s arms.
Fister’s form looked decent enough, but he probably should’ve held the follow through a split-second longer.
The shot, which didn’t appear to be altered by a high-five, was slightly off the mark. The helmet bounced off Frandsen’s shoulder, rolled down his arm and then hit the dugout floor with a thud. (In fairness to Fister, I just watched my co-Bogger miss a wastebasket with an empty bowl of cereal from mere inches away.)
Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond attempted shots during Friday’s 7-6 loss, but it was difficult to see where the helmets landed. Maybe that’s a good thing.
Thanks to @recordsANDradio.