Things just keeping getting worse for the Nationals. First, they acquire a premier closer in Jonathan Papelbon who ends up being a total flop. The Nats are 27-29 since the acquisition of Papelbon in July.
Then, they get eliminated from playoff contention on Friday even after assembling one of the most dangerous lineups in the MLB. Can’t get much worse right? Wrong…. It can get astronomically worse.
In fact, it only took 24 hours for the face of the franchise to be shamed by the aforementioned flop. During the 8th inning of the Nationals’ game Saturday afternoon Harper was attacked by Papelbon in the dugout after a heated exchange of words following a routine fly-ball that Harper failed to run out. Harper was choked and left the game shortly after.
Papelbon then allowed a go ahead home run to Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco in the ninth. He proceeded to load the bases before manager Matt Williams took him out to a loud round of boos from the Washington fans still in attendance.
The bar has been set rather low in Washington.