In a season that began with Washington Nationals flocking to Nationals Park – where the 2018 All-Star game will be held – to grub on frozen lemonade and Ben’s Chili Bowl concession goodies, the post-All Star break for the Nationals proved unfriendly. As a result of their decline, fans now resorted to painkillers as pharmacies around the DMV area witnessed a spike in Ibuprofen to cope with their dissatisfaction.
With the inking of Matt Scherzer and adding infield depth with San Diego Padres prospect Trea Turner, a former Clemson Tiger, Nationals fans had all reason to be optimistic throughout the marathon of 162 games.
But it’s turned out to be quite a nausea-inducing rollercoaster thriller for the fans of an organization that straddles Interstate 495.
With player morale capsizing faster than the Titanic sank and sitting four games behind the 75-win Mets, the season is beginning to take a toll, especially on Bryce Harper, who pointed out an early departure by Nationals fans on their Labor Day meeting with the Mets.
Third amongst Nationals batters in at-bats (437) Harper – who separated from long-time partner and former fiancee, Kayla, last year – has seen his fair share of ejections, but manages to lead the team in hits (148), home runs (34) and runs batted in (83).
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