WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals’ postseason run came to a close on Thursday night with a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the city rallied around the team in the postseason, few were more outspoken in their support of the Nats than the Redskins.
In addition to the customary tweets of good luck from the team account, Kirk Cousins and the legend John Riggins were both called in to yell “Play ball” to the fans before the first and fifth games, respectively.
Cousins went a step further after last Sunday’s win, excitedly asking reporters in the postgame press conference if the Nats had won.
That level of support from the unquestioned most popular team in town did not go unnoticed by the Nats players, who showed up in force to Sunday’s game. Pitchers Max Scherzer and Joe Ross joined centerfielder Michael A. Taylor on the sideline before the game:
This comes less than 24 hours after Scherzer, Taylor, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Lobaton and others were spotted at the Verizon Center supporting the Capitals in their first home game of the season.
They were good luck charms for the Caps, who won their first game of the season, a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
They also were a huge hit with the crowd, who they gladly mingled with:
Now, in case you’re one of the people who believes Scherzer & Co. shouldn’t be seen in public after losing another postseason series in heartbreaking fashion, think again.
This is exactly what the players need to reconnect with fans and help everyone recover before spring training: