The Nationals vs. Mets game on Wednesday night was broadcast nationally on ESPN in a prime time slot, a great opportunity for the first place Washington baseball club to get some exposure to baseball fans who don't usually get to see them play. One of those baseball fans, who happens to be a famous Mets fan, was watching and decided to share his thoughts via Twitter.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld first took note of Michael Morse's on-deck warmup routine, the practice swing Morse has likened to the "coiling of a snake."
The fact that Seinfeld was Tweeting and the timing of his comments on the game then got a little eerie. Mets third baseman David Wright hit a home run shortly after his first message and it happened to land inches over a scoreboard advertisement for the show 'Seinfeld' on CW-50. The comedian noticed the coincidence and shared his thoughts.
Just another day in Nats Town, one of the most famous comedians in the world watched them and live Tweeted the game. With all the entertainment the Nationals have provided fans so far this season, of course that happened. Of course.
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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