The Nationals hosted a chipping contest before their pregame workouts and it looked like a blast
The Nationals had some fun before their pregame workouts on Friday by participating in a chipping contest -- and it got pretty competitive.
According to MLB.com's Jamal Collier, the guys split into five teams and shot at a target that was about 100 feet away. There were originally balloons that were set to be the targets, but those ultimately deflated -- making the contest a bit more interesting. So they made do and the players were shooting from the agility field onto another field that was over the bullpens and three different fences:
"We have balloons so they could see which way the wind was blowing and they knew exactly, but the balloons were getting knocked down so it was a blind shot," explained manager Dave Martinez. "It made it that much more interesting."
MLB Network's John Smoltz was there, so he got in on the action and was asked by Bobby Henley (who was sporting some caddie gear) to take the ceremonial first shot. Keep your sound on, the horn is the best part:
John Smoltz kicks it off. Turn your sound on. pic.twitter.com/utWxxpufXN- Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) March 16, 2018
And who did the best? Well, Edwin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Miguel Montero and Ryan Zimmerman each hit a bullseye -- but the game ultimately went into a shootout.
Joe Ross came up clutch with a three-shot horn (which meant the closest to the target) for Scherzer's team. Ryan Madson had a chance to seal it, but only got himself a two-horn shot.
In keeping with the Masters tradition, the winners got a green sports coat -- but Martinez mentioned this version will be in camo print.
For more of the contest, click the clip atop this post.