Nationals celebrate by pounding beers at Capitals game

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The Nationals won the World Series on Wednesday, celebrated deep into Thursday morning, had their parade on Saturday so on Sunday they rested.

Haha, just kidding. On Sunday they went to the Calgary Flames-Washington Capitals game and pounded beers and took their shirts off and generally acted as if they own the town because, for the time being, they most certainly do.

Last night’s revelry was a bookend of sports to the Capitals revelry in the summer of 2018, part of which took place in a luxury box at a Nats game. The Nationals players returned the favor:

 

And, really, who needs shirts anyway. Hockey arenas are so balmy anyway:

Today the Nationals — most of ’em anyway — will visit the White House. Here’s hoping everyone involved keeps their shirts on.

 

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).