Nationals’ Aaron Barrett wins epic national anthem standoff against Brandon Barnes


The start of today’s Nationals-Rockies game was delayed for nearly four minutes by a “National Anthem Standoff” between Washington’s Aaron Barrett and Colorado’s Brandon Barnes.

The goal of the standoff — one of those weird but wonderful baseball traditions — is to be the last player to return to the dugout after the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. (The start of Game 6 of last season’s NLCS was delayed more than 10 minutes by a similar standoff between the Dodgers and Cardinals.)

Barnes really should’ve known better than to mess with Barrett.  Here’s how their standoff went down.


After Tarasco’s pep talk, Jerry Blevins came over to apply sunscreen. He would return later with an oxygen mask. 


“It’s a pride thing, and both these guys are competitive,” MASN’s F.P. Santangelo said. “They feel like whoever stands there longest is going to win the game. That’s what this is about.”


At this point, Barnes appears to try to get Barrett to agree to a game of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ to determine the winner. But The Bear, now armed with an elbow guard courtesy of Bryce Harper, would have none of that. 


After the home plate umpire whistled at and stared down Barnes, he gave in and headed toward his dugout. Barrett was victorious.


The rookie reliever received a well deserved hero’s welcome in the Nationals dugout. Take your ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ elsewhere, Brandon Barnes. Barrett explained the standoff to Adam Kilgore after the game.


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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Dan Steinberg · July 23, 2014

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