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Sean Doolittle show off his World Series ring using ‘Lord of the Rings’ book

Sean Doolittle show off his World Series ring using ‘Lord of the Rings’ book

The Nationals may have had to open their World Series rings inside the locker room rather than at a ceremony in front of fans, but that hasn’t taken away from the players’ excitement for finally receiving their championship bling after months of waiting.

Outfielder Adam Eaton posted a video of him opening the box and starter Patrick Corbin shared some up-close shots of his ring, but closer Sean Doolittle waited a few hours before one-upping both his teammates with a ring reveal of his own.

Yes, that’s J.R.R. Tolkien’s first installment of “The Lord of the Rings.” Doolittle is a vocal advocate for preserving local bookstores, so it’s only natural he brings in a classic to help flex his new ring.

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There won’t be a ring ceremony this year with fans barred from attending games while the country weathers the coronavirus pandemic. However, the lack of a ceremony created opportunities for funny ring reveals like Doolittle’s. It’s just one of what will be many examples of players trying to make the best of a strange and unique 2020 season.

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Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Davey Martinez has a new job: piggyback ride.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hopped on the Nationals manager Monday night following his second home run of the evening. Cabrera took a ride through a jubilant dugout in what became a rout for the struggling Nationals.

Cabrera homered twice Monday.

The idea was also partially a troll of a new member of the Mets, Brian Dozier. Dozier would hop on stout batting practice pitcher Ali Modami following a home run last season and ride through the dugout. Modami opted out of this season.

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The Nationals finally had something to dance about in the dugout after scoring 16 runs Monday night in Citi Field. They are 5-7 on the season.

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Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the "typical Mets," it doesn't make it any better.

Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.

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The scene is something that isn't too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.

Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.

Even in a season where baseball doesn't feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke. 

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