The story behind the Nationals squirting chocolate syrup on each other after big wins

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Well, there’s not much of a story. The upshot is that, rather than Gatorade baths or pies to the face, the Nats have taken to squirting chocolate syrup on each other after walkoff wins or other big moments. Dan Steinberg and James Wagner of the Post has the story about it. Short version it’s mostly Max Scherzer’s doing and there is no symbolism involved. It’s primary significance is “hey, we can do this, so why not?”

The bigger takeaway: it’s a gigantic pain in the butt for the clubhouse staff:

Cleaning chocolate syrup off a baseball uniform has proven to be about a two-hour process: attendants first soak the chosen uniforms in a mixture of Tide detergent powder and hot water. They then scrub the uniforms by hand while using Slide Out — a baseball detergent — and/or a pine tar remover. Finally, they run the uniforms through a normal wash cycle. Then they do the entire process again. And then yet again. Nine steps later, the uniforms are spotless.

“It’s probably the hardest one I’ve had to deal with,” Beacham said. “But hey, it’s worth it, because we’re winning.”

Maybe the winning is nice for the clubbies too, but I do hope Scherzer and the gang tip these guys abnormally well for having to deal with this.

Alternative suggestion: given that Scherzer talks about this being, basically, like “dessert” after a satisfying win, let’s use different desserts. I, for one, am finding that I really can’t eat rich sweets after a certain hour, so I have taken to enjoying a cup of coffee after a meal when I go to a nice restaurant.

In that vein, perhaps the Nationals should begin dousing each other with piping hot coffee after a win? Preferably when the best players who are most responsible for the team’s success? Just a suggestion from a totally unbiased observer!

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.

The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

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A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.