Either the Washington Nationals are all headed to the same beach cabana party, or they have a date with the Miami Marlins for a four-game away series. Regardless, their travel attire is on point.
After taking the month of June by storm, the Nats are headed to loanDepot Park to face their NL East rivals with a chance to draw closer to the division lead. Check out some of the getups the Curly W’s sported as they headed to the airport:
Pay close attention to Kyle Schwarber, who looks like he’s on his way to the championship game of the shuffle boarding tournament at Del Boca Vista retirement home. Juan Soto, on the other hand, looks like he just saw the coolest neon Jaws shirt at a roadside stand and is psyched his parents agreed to buy it for him.
Trea Turner is easily the most dapper of the bunch. The shortstop donned a pink flamingo outfit with a matching button-down shirt and shorts combo. It was as risky as some of his steal attempts, but much like those, this getup paid off in spades.
You couldn’t find a happier ball club than the Washington Nationals in their pre-flight team photo. Maybe it’s because they bought out the world’s supply of white shoes, or perhaps it’s because they are indeed the ‘hottest team in the MLB.’ It might not feel like it now, but Washington started the month off with a 3-4 record. However, they’ve posted a sublime 9-1 record since June 13th.
Kyle Schwarber has been the chief reason for the Nats’ newfound success. He has nine, nine home runs in his last 10 games. Davey Martinez elected to move the slugger into the leadoff spot a few weeks ago, and in his 15 games since then, he’s posted a .308 average with 10 homers and 20 RBIs. Schwarber’s performance earned him NL Player of the Week honors.
Not unimportant, too, has been the reemergence of fan-favorite Gerardo Parra. ‘Baby Shark’ himself was brought back by Mike Rizzo and company last week and has not disappointed. He smacked a double to left field in his very first at-bat back, only to be driven home in the next plate appearance by, you guessed it, Kyle Schwarber.
The Washington Nationals were dead last in the NL East as recently as last month. Their incredible June has lifted them to second place in the division, trailing only the New York Mets by four games. At 35-36 on the season, Washington will take on Miami for a four-game series this weekend before coming back home to face the Rays to close out the month.