By Michael Huberman
Earlier this season several members of the Nationals' bullpen waded into steamy waters with their stirring reading of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Now they're going Hollywood.
The Expendables 2 hit theaters this weekend, and with many of the film's stars AARP eligible, the producers are doing the smart thing and looking for younger talent when the inevitable Expendables 3 gets the green-light.
Enter Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen and Ryan Mattheus. The Nationals' relievers joined other hopefuls including Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Rangers starter Derek Holland to audition for The Expendables 3. The clip features the players giving some of their best impressions of the classic characters from Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Demme.
With the Nationals in the middle of the pennant race, fans shouldn't worry about losing four key members of the bullpen. Judging from the video, none of these guys will be giving up their day jobs any time soon.
Which impression was your favorite? Does Tyler Clippard's Ivan Drago take the cake?
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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.