After winning Friday night in the bottom of the 11th and then getting blown out Saturday, the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros on Sunday to win the series. The a third inning barrage of back-to-back-to-back home runs (Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel, Ryan Zimmerman) off of Henry Sosa* highlighted the game:
The would go on to win 8-2.
All of that was overshadowed though by what the rookies had to endure as the team traveled up the Northeast Corridor on Amtrak Acela train.
Apparently, Jayson Werth was the instigator of perhaps the most impressive rookie hazing ever. That’s why he’s making $126 million over the next 7 seasons. Of course, Stephen Strasburg (fresh off of a so-so 57 pitch, 3 inning, 1 run performance), was Papa Smurf. Wilson Ramos seemed a little too happy to be Smurfette. More details from DC Sports Bog (The Post): Nationals rookies dressed as smurfs
I wonder what Charles Krauthammer thinks…
*None of the DC newspapers mentioned that Sosa gave up the back-to-back-to-back homers, only nationals.com’s Bill Ladson did.