The guy with the curly-W beard is . . . awesome?

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I’ve mocked “Nattitude” a lot, not because being into the Nationals is bad, but because (a) it was originally thought up by the marketing people as a reaction to Phillies fans and you NEVER let what other teams and their fans do define who you are; and (b) well, I like to make fun of my favorite team’s division rivals as do we all.

But real small-n nattitude — or ‘tude for whatever team you root for — can be pretty cool. And this is pretty cool:

I can’t say it’s the easiest thing to look at. And if I ever did something like that I’d hope my friends would stage an intervention for me, but you can’t question this dude’s commitment.

Brandon McCarthy to retire after the season

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Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy said he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. McCarthy has been on the disabled list since June 25 due to tendinitis in his right knee. He is hoping to contribute out of the bullpen down the stretch.

McCarthy said, “I’m done after this. This is it. The offseason is the rest of my life. If I was going to keep playing, a month and a half ago I would have had the surgery that cleans the [knee] and I’d be back next year just a little bit after spring [training].”

In 15 starts this season, McCarthy posted a 4.92 ERA with a 65/21 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings. He would be eligible for free agency after the season. The Braves acquired McCarthy along with Charlie Culberson, Scott Kazmir, and Adrian Gonzalez from the Dodgers in December in exchange for Matt Kemp.

McCarthy has spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Altogether, he has won 69 games with a 4.20 ERA across 1,223 2/3 innings. Nice.