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Ramos credits eye surgery after launching first homer of season


Ramos credits eye surgery after launching first homer of season

Though his grand slam, 100th career bomb stole the headlines, Bryce Harper's home run wasn't the only one hit by a Nationals player in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Braves.

Catcher Wilson Ramos also left the park with his first homer of the 2016 season. His sailed over the fence in left-center field and gave the Nats an insurance run against Braves starter Julio Teheran. 

The Nationals didn't necessarily need the run with an already comfortable lead, but it was yet another good sign for Ramos who is now batting .407 on the season. He is now 7-for-10 in his last three games with four RBI during that stretch.

Ramos has been putting in extra work watching film and in the batting cage with hitting coach Rick Schu, but he did admit the corrective eye surgery he had in spring training is making a difference.

"That helps me....everything's clear right now. After the surgery, I can read the pitch better, I can see the ball better, recognize pitches really well. I'm excited for that. Last year [was] a bad year offensively, but this year, this season I worked a lot [toward] trying being better this year and doing well. I wanna keep working and try to stay like that for the rest of the season," Ramos said.

Ramos hit just .229/.258/.358 in 2015, way down from his .259/.301/.410 career slash line. This winter he said he worked "three times" as hard to not only stay healthy this season, but also produce more for the Nats on offense.

Manager Dusty Baker is not surprised with the way Ramos has began this year given the work he put in before it started.

"His concentration level’s high. His balance is good. And he wants it. I welcome that. I thought he was going to have a big year for us right before the season started. He had an outstanding spring. He came in great shape," Baker explained.

Ramos also had a double in Thursday's win and has four multi-hit games in seven appearances this season. He's hitting as well as anyone on the Nats not named Daniel Murphy and is just glad to be helping the 7-1 Nats keep winning.

"I'm very excited right now because I'm feeling great at the plate, and I'm helping the team. That's my job, and I'm happy to do it," Ramos said.

[RELATED: The way Bryce Harper reached HR No. 100 speaks to his greatness]

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again β€” when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner β€” 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 β€” in order β€” 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. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful β€” 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.