Here are the best scenes from a boozy dance party that few could have imagined in late May when the team was 19-31:
1. Brian Dozier loves ‘Calma’
If there’s one indelible image from the wild-card celebration, it’s shirtless second baseman Brian Dozier, who is nearly fluent in Spanish, busting out the lyrics to Pedro Capó and Farruko’s “Calma” as his Latino teammates doused him in beer and sang along.
We have seen this from Dozier before, of course, but he took things to another level Tuesday night, and thankfully, my friend and former colleague Kelyn Soong of City Paper was there to capture it. Be sure to stick around for the twerk at the end. Vamos pa’ los playoffs!
2. ’Baby Shark’
No celebration would be complete without the Nationals’ (other) song of the summer, “Baby Shark.” Veteran spark plug Gerardo Parra, one of the ringleaders of Washington’s dugout dance parties after he joined the team in May, was in the middle of the jubilation.
3. The conga line
Pitcher Aníbal Sánchez had a whistle, and he used it to lead a conga line through the clubhouse.
4. Victor Robles might need to take Wednesday off
The Nationals’ 22-year-old center fielder was living his best life.
5. ‘Banged Up’ Max Scherzer
Scherzer, who struck out 10 and earned the win in Tuesday’s nightcap, emerged from the clubhouse to visit with the “MASN Xtra” crew of Dan Kolko and Bo Porter during the celebration. Scherzer sported the custom, two-toned goggles he has been wearing for clinch parties since his Detroit days, and speaking coherently was a struggle.
“I don’t do too many interviews when I’m banged up a little bit, but whatever,” Scherzer said after taking another swig of Bud Light.
6. ‘The Bear’ feels the burn
At least one player eschewed the New Era-branded ski goggles provided for Tuesday’s party.
“No goggles on because you want to remember the burn,” said reliever Aaron Barrett, whose return to the big leagues more than four years after his last appearance was one of the best stories of the season. “You want to feel the burn. You want to soak it in because you don’t know when it’s going to happen again.”
7. ‘M-V-P! M-V-P!’
“Looks like an MVP shower for Anthony Rendon,” MASN’s Bob Carpenter said, as players serenaded the Nationals third baseman with chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” Rendon responded with a solo dance.
8. Juan Soto Things
Soto doesn’t turn 21 until Oct. 25, but that didn’t keep him from partying. He and Robles streamed parts of Tuesday’s celebration on Instagram.
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