Man, the Nats were tailspinning for a minute there, but then they went to Shea and straightened out with a spirited win. So spirited, in fact, that Mets starter Nelson Figueroa had this to say afterward:
“[The Nats] were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls. I’m a professional, just like anybody else. I take huge offense to that. If that’s what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think you need to show a little bit more class, a little bit more professionalism. They won tonight, but again, in the long run, they are who they are…Even for the manager and the coaching staff to let that stuff carry on, it’s truly unprofessional. That’s why they are who they are.”
Strong words, Nelson, but slightly off-target. That the Nats’ antics got to you — 10 baserunners and one costly error in five innings of work — is why you are who you are: a fringe pitcher lucky to have a job. Your team may be good, but you’re not.
Some are saying that the Nats’ behavior is bush. I say it’s awesome. If they want to chant in the dugout, do a little dance, bang on some trashcans, then, by all means, let them. Give L-Millz a mic for chrissakes. At least it pumps a little blood into this otherwise lifeless season.
And if a New York pitcher wants to drill a Nat because of it, then Godspeed, Metropolitans. Because you do not want Elijah Dukes coming out of that dugout, dawg.
Other footnotes from the game that was:
- This is Opening Day starter Odalis Perez’ first victory in nine starts, at least four of which have been of quality.
- New Post writer Chico Harlan debuts on the Nats beat, and does quite a job with Nationals Journal as well.
- Jesus Flores threw Jose Reyes out on a curveball. Stay hurt, Lo Duca!
Update: After the jump, it’s Figueroa dressed as Prince. The internet is awesome.
Update No. 2: Grab the inevitable Washington Softball Girls t-shirt.