Following their 3-2 win over the Mets on Sunday in New York, Nationals players dressed as “Game of Thrones” characters before embarking on their final road trip of the regular season. Everyone, it seems, took part in the tradition, but the two best costumes belonged to Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, who dressed as Jon Snow and Snow’s albino direwolf, Ghost, respectively.
Harper, who is expected to be activated from the disabled list before Monday’s game in Philadelphia after missing the last 40 games with a bone bruise in his knee, thanked his wife, Kayla, on Instagram for her incredible makeup job. The red contact lenses really put Harper’s costume over the top, and the Cubs, or whichever team faces the Nationals in the National League Division Series, should be very afraid that Snow’s direwolf is back.
Nationals reliever Sammy Solis shared a photo of the entire team in costume outside of Citi Field.
“Number 1 team this side of The Wall!” wrote Solis, who also shared a photo of himself as a Faith Militant. The Nationals’ rookies dressed as the Unsullied.
In 2011, the Nats dressed their rookies like Smurfs. In 2012, the rookies dressed like Olympic gymnasts. In 2014, Aaron Barrett was among the Nationals rookies who dressed as ballerinas. Major League Baseball’s latest collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified in December, includes an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” other players to engage in activities that include “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.” Warrior-eunuchs are apparently fair game.
The Nationals will play a three-game series in Philadelphia before returning to Nationals Park on Thursday for the final four games of the regular season.
— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) September 25, 2017