WASHINGTON — More than 36,000 fans turned out to see the Washington Nationals host the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night at Nats Park.
At least two of them should buy lottery tickets on the way home.
The game turned out to be a pitching duel, as both Max Scherzer and the Phils’ Jerad Eikhoff twirled a combined 12.2 scoreless innings, surrendering only 12 baserunners between them. It took until the bottom of the eighth before the Nats broke through in a loud, emphatic way.
With two runners aboard and a 3-1 count, Phillies reliever Patrick Schuster was forced to groove a fastball to Bryce Harper, who provided instant feedback on his bad decision:
But what the broadcast didn’t report is that two fans, sitting along the third base line, each predicted this would happen. Fortunately, as friends and spouses filmed, they were sure to remind them of that fact:
Both videos have additional sports connections, as the first video is courtesy of former Washington Redskins managing editor Gary Fitzgerald (featuring his triumphant wife, Liza), and the second comes from Keith Elgin (featuring 106.7 The Fan’s gleeful Grant Paulsen).
It was a pretty cool moment for everyone involved.
As for the bat flip, Paulsen provided an additional prediction: that it would be blown out of proportion and possibly bleed into tomorrow’s game:
The Nats are highly unlikely to bench tonight’s hero, so only time will tell if Paulsen has reached oracle status.