Dave Martinez, Manager of the Washington Nationals, July 2019. Photo by Derek Russell (via Wikipedia)
It’s all about teamwork and believing in yourself. As Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats won the World Series:
“I believe in these guys and they believe in each other. The biggest thing for us is never quit.”
Washington, DC, is still pinching themselves over last week’s World Series win. This week, The Baseball Sociologist looks at the Sociology of the Series, recapping the 2019 World Series from a sociological perspective.
The Best of the Week this past week? The Washington Nationals.
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals!
The Fred Nats provided some stats regarding their 2020 schedule:
Thirty years ago today, the Senior Professional Baseball Association debuted. Check out the report from CNN (and that ’80s computer the reporter is sitting next to!):
The Senior League wouldn’t make it past two seasons – and I kind of miss it. It should bring a smile to any baseball fan’s face to watch these old videos…
Congrats to the new World Series champions, the Washington Nationals! So much to process here, so more on that later. For now, we’ll just celebrate Halloween, MLB-style.
And no one ever said baseball players weren’t just big kids… check out some of their past Halloween costumes:
Washington Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love:
Hunter Pence as Lurch:
Bryce Harper, when he was still a National, as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle:
Todd Frazier and family:
And… whatever this is that Max and Erica Scherzer as posing as:
Throughout the 2019 season, the Washington Nationals’ unofficial clubhouse song was “Calma” by Pedro Capó (featuring Farruko). Most people learned of this when a reporter tweeted this video of Brian Dozier after the Nats clinched a playoff spot in September:
Dozier sang the song for us at a pre-Game 1 press conference in Houston:
After a few tweets, Capó was persuaded to come to DC for Game 5:
During his visit, Capó hung out in the clubhouse, took batting practice, and was interviewed by several media outlets:
But THIS should not have happened:
Of course, he later got a Nats jersey and said he’d root for the Nats, so I guess he’s ok:
Yesterday, Capó was in Houston to support his Nationals:
Now on to Game 7! Go Nats!
The World Series continues tonight in Houston and so far the home team has lost every game (so, hopefully that trend will continue). In case you missed this intro last week, its worth watching again…