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Monday, October 20, 2014

Are banana and mayonnaise sandwiches the key to Nationals’ success?

MayoWashington Nationals bullpen coach Matthew LeCroy is taking some of the credit for the team’s recent surge of success. The Nationals have won seven of their last nine games after playing poorly throughout the month of May, and LeCroy thinks he has a lot to do with the turnaround. Or, should we say, he thinks his eating habits have helped.

LeCroy isn’t bragging about the way he has handled the bullpen as of late. Instead, he thinks banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches are the key to success for the Nats.

“A lot of people were hurting in the beginning, and we needed some big wins so I thought, ‘I gotta go with the banana-and-mayonnaise,’” LeCroy said last week, per James Wagner of The Washington Post.

LeCroy, who grew up in South Carolina, said he has eaten banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches his entire life. The Nationals are supposedly 5-0 on days where he eats the southern delicacy, so he should keep loading up. LeCroy said he used to eat the sandwiches while he was playing in the minor leagues if he felt his team needed a pick-me-up.

“I always ate ‘em and everybody made fun of them,” he said. “It’s just kinda my go-to when we needed a win. I just started doing it, and it took off.”

According to the former Minnesota Twins catcher, banana-mayo sandwiches taste “awesome.” I’ll take his word for it. There’s no way I would try one of those.

H/T Hardball Talk



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