Ian Desmond and the Nationals are having fun again

(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)

The Nationals have been on a tear since May 30, when Ian Desmond’s three-run homer erased an early 2-0 deficit against the Rangers in an eventual 9-2 win. Desmond celebrated his blast in the dugout with a round of forceful high-fives. “MRI tomorrow,” bench coach Randy Knorr joked. “I think he took my shoulder out,” Adam LaRoche said.

“It was a party,” Desmond said after the game. “We’re not having enough fun. People have been making that known to us. Every time you hit one from now on, it’s a party in there.”

The Nationals have been partying more often than not ever since, with nine wins in their last 11 games. Washington has outscored its opponents 64-17 starting with Desmond’s fourth-inning homer against the Rangers, and the shortstop has four home runs and 13 RBI in his last 10 games.

Desmond seems to be having fun on the bases, too. Here was Desmond after his second-inning triple on Monday:

And here he was after a two-run double in the eighth inning of the same game:

What’s the significance, if any, of Desmond’s fist pump? Is it a nod to partying? Not sure, but it’s fun, kind of like this photo of Pablo Sandoval celebrating a double on Tuesday.

(Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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