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Look: Nude streaker runs loose during rain delay at Nationals Park

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A nude streaker got on the loose during a rain delay at Nationals Park on Wednesday.

The Nats-Reds game got delayed after four innings and was actually suspended until Thursday.

During the delay, a naked fan ran onto the field. The fan climbed into the tarp roller and had himself a good time:

Of course, no story about a streaker would be complete without a video. So, of course we have that for you:

Hey, when you go to the park expecting a ballgame and end up with rain, sometimes you have to figure out a way to have fun. The streaker did plenty of that.

Astros fan takes out newspaper ad thanking Nationals fans for their hospitality

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Washington Nationals fans could not have been happy with the way their team played at home in Game 3, 4 and 5 of the World Series, but apparently they did a good job of not taking out their frustrations on Houston Astros supporters.

On Monday, an anonymous Astros fan took out an ad in the Washington Post to thank Nationals fans for the hospitality they showed while hosting three World Series games. The fan wrote that there “seems to be a true appreciation for what we have in common like passion for the sport, our teams, and the fun of watching two great teams battling it out on the field, rather than a shallow focus on what differentiates us.”

In an era where we have seen some senseless violence between fans of different MLB franchises, that is a refreshing take. That letter is a reminder that not everyone tries to make an opposing fan’s experience miserable when they come to a visitor’s ballpark. Hopefully fans in Houston return the favor when the Nationals come to town for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Watch: Nationals fan hit in stomach by home run ball because he was holding beers

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A fan attending Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros on Sunday night chose his beers over his safety and got a bruise as a result.

Yordan Alvarez homered in the top of the second inning to put Houston up 2-0. His home run ball nailed a Nats fan who was holding beers and tried to knock the ball down with his body instead:

It’s hard to argue with his logic; those beers probably cost a fortune.

There is some brighter news to this story — the fan did end up with the home run ball.

The fan, named Jeff Adams, says he didn’t feel anything!

Adams took quite a hit just to get the ball but at least got the souvenir and did not drop the beverages. Impressive!

Roberto Osuna booed by Nationals fans in Game 3

Roberto Osuna

This week’s controversy involving Houston Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman has reignited awareness surrounding Roberto Osuna. As a result, the relief pitcher was heavily booed by Washington Nationals fans upon entering Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night to pitch the ninth inning.

Take a listen to this video and you will hear the boos:

Osuna allowed a single to Adam Eaton but struck out Juan Soto to end the game and close out Houston’s 4-1 road win.

Osuna has been in the headlines all week due to Taubman celebrating the team’s acquisition of the reliever last year despite a domestic violence arrest and suspension. The Astros initially backed Taubman in a statement despite a report from SI saying the assistant GM taunted female reporters. Houston they ended up firing the front office executive after being met with backlash and learning from further investigations that Taubman’s version of the story was inaccurate.

Osuna is now in his second season with the Astros. This was his first save of the 2019 postseason.

Mets announcers critical of Nats fans for not supporting Max Scherzer enough

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The New York Mets’ TV announcers were oddly critical of Washington Nationals fans for not applauding Max Scherzer enough during Wednesday’s game between the teams.

The Nats won the contest 4-2 behind Scherzer’s 7.1 innings of two-hit scoreless ball. Though the fans applauded and gave Scherzer a standing ovation as he came off the field during the eighth when he was removed for the game, they weren’t supportive enough for the taste of the Mets’ SNY announcers when the pitcher came to bat in the 7th.

“So now Scherzer gets a golf clap from the crowd,” Gary Cohen said via the Washington Post. “I mean, what is that? The guy’s working on a one-hit shutout and he comes to bat in the bottom of the seventh and he got barely a golf clap. I mean it’s his hometown fans. He should’ve gotten a standing ovation.”

“Something, a little louder than that,” Ron Darling agreed. “Certainly.”

Cohen then continued to be critical.

“I just think that so many people in the ballpark don’t pay attention to the game and I have no other explanation for it,” Cohen said. “How can it be that your pitcher – your ace pitcher – is working on a one-hit shutout against your rival on a beautiful night in late June and he comes to bat in the bottom of the seventh and he doesn’t get a rousing ovation?”

Darling then said that Scherzer had spoiled the fans to the point that they don’t view the shutout as worthy of a large applause, while Keith Hernandez suggested the fans were too busy on their phones.

Maybe they could have shown greater gratitude when Scherzer came to bat, but Nats fans sure got it right when the pitcher was finally lifted from the game:

Matt Williams booed after press conference by angry fans (Video)

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The frustration among Washington Nationals fans is so strong that manager Matt Williams was booed out of his postgame press conference on Tuesday night.

The Nationals blew a 7-1 lead on the New York Mets Tuesday and lost 8-7 to fall to six games back in the NL East. Nats fans have been frustrated with the team for its underperforming ways all season long. They also have been upset with the way Williams has managed his bullpen, specifically pointing to pitching Casey Janssen instead of Jonathan Papelbon in a couple of key losses to the Cardinals last week.

That all came to a head following Tuesday’s game as the boos were audible when Williams cleared out of the media room:

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Nationals fans have ‘Fister’ and ‘Barelyknower’ T-shirts

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Entertaining custom T-shirts have been popping up quite frequently at Washington Nationals games this season. The ideas range from inside jokes to political statements, but one pair of fans went next level on us over the weekend.

Put it this way, there’s a good chance the fans you see in the photo above are not standing in the right order. We’re guessing the guy wearing the “Fister” shirt should be on the left and “Barelyknower” should be to his right. If you don’t get it by now, we can’t help you.

H/T DC Sports Bog
Photo: Twitter/Serious Jammage

Nationals fans sacrifice rubber chicken to try to stop injury bug (Pictures)

Before the Nationals’ game against the Padres on Tuesday, Washington manager Davey Johnson discussed the team’s injury situation, which has quickly gone from bad to worse. In the span of about 48 hours, the Nationals lost their starting corner outfielders, two catchers, a closer, and the guy who was standing in for the injured closer. If the injury bug exists, Washington has discovered it. Johnson has sarcastically called for the fans’ help in turning things around.

“Sacrifice a chicken or something,” Johnson joked.

As you can see from the photo above that Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post shared with us, a few fans took Johnson’s idea seriously. A small collection of Nats fans gathered outside the stadium on their lunch break Wednesday and chopped the head off a rubber chicken.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” Nationals fan Hugh Kaufman explained. “I usually sacrifice chickens while we’re having losing streaks.”

Steinberg pointed out that Kaufman said it with a straight face and that he has taken part in a dozen rubber chicken sacrifices since the Nationals came to D.C. With Washington in second place and looking like a contender, the injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time. Hopefully for their sake the sacrifice works better for them than it did for Heath Bell and the Padres.