With the Capitals and Wizards both engaged in playoff battles, DC sports fans could be forgiven for not devoting much time to the Nationals on Wednesday night.
Those who did, though, were rewarded with an impressive showing by Bryce Harper.
Against the Braves, Harper racked up a stat line in two innings that many major leaguers would call a solid week. First came this solo blast off of starter Julio Teheran:
But the Nats superstar apparently didn't like the feeling of hitting a home run and running the bases alone. So in the next frame, he decided to launch a grand slam, too:
Those two dingers were just the latest dingers that Harper has hit off of the hopeless and helpless Atlanta pitcher:
Because I'm a very honest journalist, I'll admit that I was fixated on the two postseason affairs that were happening at the same time as Harper's destruction of Teheran. Luckily, my mom sent me a text after Harper's second homer to let me know what was going down:
Congratulations to Bryce Harper for his excellent evening, and congratulations to my mom for making it into a blog, even if she still isn't totally sure what a blog is.
MORE NATIONALS: SO, ABOUT THAT CLOSER SITUATION...
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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