Major League Baseball has taken on Bryce Harper's motto and are attempting to 'make baseball fun again.'
In the final week of August, also known as Players Weekend, all players across the majors will be allowed to wear special nickname jerseys. In addition, every team's jerseys have been altered slightly with a more colorful pallet that are inspired by youth-league uniforms.
Yes if you have not put two-and-two together yet, that is also the final weekend of the Little League World Series.
Making it more fun, the players were allowed to pick their own nicknames for the Players Weekend on August 25-27.
For the Washington Nationals, these jerseys are pretty straight forward unlike others across the league and gives some insight into each players personality. Some players have seem to have no creativity, but at least its better than what the Orioles put out. What would have been better option, their teammates chose each player's nicknames.
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Nicknames for the Nationals Jerseys
#1 Wilmer Difo -- El Lindo
#2 Adam Eaton -- Mouse
#3 Michael Taylor -- Mikey T
#6 Anthony Rendon -- Ant
#7 Trea Turner -- Triple T
#10 Stephen Drew -- Dirt
#11 Ryan Zimmerman -- Zim
#18 Ryan Raburn -- Bobby
#20 Daniel Murphy -- Murph
#26 Adam Lind -- Donnie
#27 Shawn Kelley -- Bak-Pak
#28 Jayson Werth -- Dub
#31 Max Scherzer -- Blue Eye
#32 Matt Wieters -- Wiety
#34 Bryce Harper -- Big Kid
#37 Stephen Strasburg -- Stras
#40 Edwin Jackson -- E. Jax
#44 Ryan Madson -- Blest
#46 Oliver Perez -- Ollie
#47 Gio Gonzalez -- Double G
#56 Joe Blanton -- Joe B
#59 Joe Lobaton -- Lobi
#62 Sean Doolittle --Doooooooo
For more information on players weekend, click here.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.