The buzz in the locker room following the Washington Nationals’ 5-2 victory over Atlanta wasn’t about
ending a two-game losing streak, getting back to .500 or even rebounding from their worst loss of the season on Friday.
Players instead couldn’t help but describe to one another the man in a wedding dress who jumped into the outfield in the bottom of eighth while Tyler Clippard was trying to protect the lead.
The incident unfolded when the man in question landed on the outfield
warning track and raised his arms in triumph. A pack of security guards immediately raced to the spot, tackled the offender and eventually put him in handcuffs. As they led the interloper off the field, many of the 42,456 at Turner Field began cheering loudly as he smiled back.
“Yeah, that was something I had never experienced before,” said Clippard, who took a few warmup pitches after the field was clear and then got Freddie Freeman to fly out to end the inning for his big league-leading 24th hold. “I mean, I’ve seen it happen, but I’ve never been on the field when it’s happened. It was kind of frustrating, threw off my rhythm a little bit, but you know, I got through it.”
While security was apprehending the gentleman bride, Jayson Werth inched ever closer from his spot in right field to get a better vantage point. Once play resumed, Werth caught Freeman’s bid, and after the game, he was spotted in the clubhouse talking to teammate Sean Burnett with his hands behind his back as if he were in handcuffs.
A few dressing stalls down, other teammates were discussing the episode that was a first for every player, except for perhaps Michael Morse. The first baseman recounted a story to another reporter about being on the field when a woman came into the playing area to sprinkle ashes.
“I thought that only happened in New York,” Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said of the interruption. “That was a pretty good open -field tackle, too [by security]. I’m just wondering was he getting married, or is he going to the wedding or coming from it. I don’t know.”