As you might remember, the Washington Nationals won the World Series, and it feels like it happened much more than six months ago.
With all MLB games shut down for the coronavirus pandemic, the Nationals’ television affiliate MASN has been re-airing the team’s championship run over the last few weeks. Tuesday marked the arrival of Game 7 of the World Series, in which the team topped the Houston Astros for the first title in franchise history.
To mark the occasion, several members of the team assembled for a Zoom meeting to commentate on the game and raise money for Nats veteran Ryan Zimmerman’s Pros For Heroes COVID-19 Relief Fund to benefit healthcare workers.
Between the reminiscing and drinking, one of them brought in a trash can, the now-infamous device used by the Astros during their 2017 championship season. The culprit: singing and shirt-removing enthusiast Brian Dozier, now a member of the San Diego Padres.
Dozier is now hitting a trash can to let Juan know what pitch is coming.
"It's OK he's on the Padres" - Zim
— James O'Hara (@thisyeardc) April 15, 2020
LMAO DOZIER IS BANGING pic.twitter.com/3u8LmNa5ZW
— game 7 winner (paige) 🍀🥶❄️ (@pattyiceSZN) April 15, 2020
We don’t have baseball, but we do have a drunk, shirtless Brian Dozier cracking up his teammates dancing with a trash can on his head.
Thank you. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/GfxNuxyJ6o
— Let Teddy Win! (@LetTeddyWin) April 15, 2020
Among the responses: ”Dozier just got released from the Padres ... he just doesn’t know it yet.” Dozier also, naturally, took his shirt off.
The Nationals obviously aren’t alone in mocking the Astros since word of the team’s cheating leaked out. Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo brought the razzing to ESPN in spring training, as did Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer. There are also the many, many fans who voiced their displeasure in spring training and throughout the offseason.
The moderately inebriated Nationals’ trolling of the Astros wasn’t limited to the trash can, either. Much fun was also had at the expense of the Astros’ decision to not bring ace Gerrit Cole in relief during the later innings.
on the live zoom the nats players & masn crew are doing, ryan zimmerman just said "gerrit cole is warming up in the bullpen" and everyone else started laughing
— Hannah Broder (@hbro36) April 15, 2020
By the ninth inning, one of them was still asking “Did they bring Cole in yet?”
Such is the fun you get to have after winning the World Series.
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