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Nationals did it first: Dugout dance parties sweep MLB

Nationals did it first: Dugout dance parties sweep MLB

The dancing revolution is underway. After the Nationals hosted dugout dance parties to celebrate home runs on their way to winning the World Series last season, other MLB teams have begun to host dance parties of their own while avoiding high fives and fist bumps.

Though Bryce Harper and the Phillies’ form could still use some work, the trend is starting to spread as the Mets only added the dancing to their home run celebrations this week. It’s no surprise that the Padres, one of the youngest teams in the majors, joined in as well.

Of course, the Nationals have kept dancing into 2020 as well.

As long as baseball is being played, the party will keep on rolling.

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Baseball fan Stephen Strasburg gets ejected from the stands for arguing balls and strikes

Baseball fan Stephen Strasburg gets ejected from the stands for arguing balls and strikes

Even on his days off, Stephen Strasburg is paying close attention.

The Nationals starter and reigning World Series MVP was sitting in the stands at Citi Field on Thursday watching his club face the New York Mets in their series finale. In the bottom of the third, Austin Voth attempted to put Pete Alonso away with a breaking ball at the bottom of the strike zone. Alonso laid off and catcher Yan Gomes attempted to frame the pitch, but home plate umpire Carlos Torres called it a ball to push the count to 3-2.

That call didn’t sit well with the Nationals. Gomes held his glove up in the air even after Torres made the call and then took a few extra seconds before throwing the ball back to Voth. Torres then turned to the Nationals’ dugout and yelled for them to stop chirping about the strike zone. When he continued to hear arguments from the third-base side, he threw out someone on their bench.

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Only the player he threw out wasn’t on the bench. Strasburg stood up and tipped his cap to the umpire as he walked out of his seat in the stands and up toward the concourse.

The incident wasn’t the first time the Nationals had expressed their displeasure with Torres’ calls Thursday afternoon. Juan Soto was called out looking with the bases loaded on a pitch low in the zone and he had a few words with the umpire before walking back to the dugout.

Immediately after Strasburg’s ejection, Voth threw an almost identical pitch to Alonso and this time got the strike call. It was then the Mets’ bench to express their displeasure with Torres. The following inning, Soto was hit in the back by a 1-0 pitch thrown by Mets starter David Peterson. Both benches were issued warnings by the umpire crew.

The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth at the time.

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Mets’ Jeff McNeil robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of an extra-base hit with leaping catch at outfield wall

Mets’ Jeff McNeil robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of an extra-base hit with leaping catch at outfield wall

The Nationals appeared poised to put together a big inning Thursday when they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first against the New York Mets. They scored one run on a fielder’s choice, bringing up first baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera to push the score further.

Cabrera hit a deep flyball to left field, sending Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil sprinting toward the wall. He jumped and made a highlight-reel catch to end the inning and prevent the Nationals from inflicting further damage.

McNeil, a utility player who also handles multiple infield positions, hit the wall hard and appeared to injure his leg on the play. He was unable to walk off the field and a cart was summoned to help bring him to the trainer’s room.

Losing McNeil would a significant blow for the Mets. Their regular No. 3 hitter, McNeil entered Thursday hitting .293 on the season. If he is sidelined, it would further stretch New York’s depth around the diamond following Yoenis Céspedes’ decision to opt out and injuries to Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario.

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