There’s nothing quite like a nice throwback jersey. They’re perfect for going to the ballpark, hanging out with friends, or, in the Washington Nationals’ case, a themed road trip.
As the Nats headed down to Atlanta for a three-game series this weekend, the team decided to hold a “throwback jersey theme for [the] road trip,” per infielder Jordy Mercer’s Twitter account. Mercer and long-time Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman paid tribute to each other by rocking their counterpart’s college threads. Take a look as Mercer dons an authentic Virginia Cavaliers No. 11 jersey:
Zimmerman is not a bad player to pay your respects to. He started for three years in Charlottesville as a third baseman, knocking in 128 runs and 140 RBIs from 2001-2004. The Nats drafted Zimmerman in 2005 and he was in the big leagues three months later.
Zimmerman returned the favor to Mercer by wearing a classic No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboy jersey. Take a look:
Mercer started his OSU career right as Zimmerman was ending his own college days at Virginia. Fun fact: Mercer played both shortstop and pitcher in college, and even set the program record for saves.
Washington’s trip to Atlanta resulted in two-of-three losses. The Nats (50-62) are fourth in the NL East ahead of only the Miami Marlins and head to New York for a three-game series with the fading third-place Mets who have lost nine of 11.