Josh Rogers has been a pleasant surprise for the Nationals over the last few weeks, posting a 2.16 ERA over four starts after being released by the Orioles in June. As good as he’s been on the mound, he’s also provided a spark of energy as a player not afraid to show his emotions.
Both sides of Rogers were on display Tuesday when he tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball against the Miami Marlins. One of his four strikeouts came at the expense of Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. Chisholm homered against the Nationals the night before and did a euro step as he crossed home plate, a celebration he’s pulled out several times this season.
Rogers took notice of the euro step and did one of his own after striking Chisholm out.
Chisholm was a fan of Rogers’s rendition and tweeted “I love it!!!” in response to the video. Rogers responded as well, which prompted Chisholm to joke he may have to give up the celebration now that someone else showed him up with it.
The move earned some laughs from Chisholm’s teammates as well. Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters in his postgame press conference that he saw several members of the Marlins’ dugout huddled around a tablet laughing at the video.
Rogers still has more to prove before he can become a permanent fixture in Washington’s rotation, but he’s certainly gotten his team’s attention — as well as that of his opponents — for the energy he brings to the ballpark every fifth day.