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Juan Soto is back in Nationals lineup

Juan Soto is back in Nationals lineup

Juan Soto will be hitting cleanup and playing left field Wednesday night against the New York Mets. It's a simple, yet long time coming, phrase.

His season debut comes nine games and almost two weeks into the 2020 season. Soto has twice been quarantined under coronavirus protocols -- once for contact tracing reasons and once because of a positive test he thinks was a false positive -- stalling his entrance to a game that mattered.

Tuesday, Soto danced on top of the dugout following Howie Kendrick’s home run because he was watching the game from a few rows back in the stands.

Wednesday, he will face Mets right-hander Rick Porcello.

The Nationals were missing one of the league’s best offensive players after Soto’s positive test result was revealed July 23, hours before the season opener. He came out of quarantine 10 days later, rejoining the team Aug. 1 for weekend workouts. The first priority was to get him at-bats. He did that Saturday. Sunday, he spent six simulated innings in left field. Monday he swung more, Tuesday he worked on everything before watching the game, then Wednesday he was back.

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Soto told Davey Martinez on Monday that he was not yet ready to play Tuesday because his body was sore and legs were heavy. That was in line with Soto’s initial projection for his return anyway. He said he was targeting Wednesday, and here he is.

Max Scherzer will pitch against the Mets. The Nationals are 4-4 after winning three consecutive games.

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Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

If you're unhappy or, at the very least, not feeling the Washington Football Team's temporary name, that's fine. Completely understandable, in fact.

After all, no one else in the major sports leagues goes by something that bland. LeBron James, for example, plays for the Lakers, not the Los Angeles Basketball Team. Juan Soto stars (and dances) for the Washington Nationals, not the Washington Baseball Club.  

Therefore, any Burgundy and Gold supporter who's desperate for 2020 to end so they can refer to their organization by a true name, instead of a stopgap one, can be forgiven.

However, those same people need to realize that they've recently been given a gift from the swag Gods, one that should help them cope with the upcoming season. And thanks to a video and some pictures from the WFT that were released on Wednesday, it can now be fully appreciated.

So, what's the gift? The squad's new, numbered helmets.

They were somewhat visible in the mock-up uniforms that were released a few weeks ago, but in the below posts, they're full-on visible and SO BEAUTIFUL:

 

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Gone is Washington's old logo, as well as the stripe that ran down the middle. Each player's individual number will take their place, standing out on both sides in simple yet pleasing gold font.

That's all the analysis that needs to happen here, though. They're simply gorgeous. They're perfect. They're beyond perfect. They're wonderful. They're *sighs, shakes head slightly and just smiles*.

In fact, stop reading these sentences that are just repeating the same thing over and over and go back to staring at the helmets. That's a much more efficient use of your time. 

.................Man. They're perfect.

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