Laugh at the funniest moments in Nats history

November 25th, 2019

WASHINGTON -- It’s worth considering -- even as the champagne sprayed to celebrate D.C.’s first World Series championship is still drying -- just how long the Nationals have been around in their current iteration. Which is to say, it's a very short amount of time. They just completed their 15th season as a club, a decade and a half full of thrilling highs and accomplishments, maddening lows and disappointments, and just about everything in between.

All of it makes for some truly memorable and comical moments. is taking a look at every team’s funniest moments in history, and just because the Nationals have been around for the shortest amount of time, compared to other Major League teams, they still have plenty of hilarious moments. Here’s a look at some of the best laughs in team history:

1. What was Nook Logan thinking?
June 23, 2007

’s career in D.C. was mostly forgettable (0.6 WAR in 145 games across two seasons) if not for this iconic baserunning gaffe. He was picked off third for a game-ending double play, and the Indians won, 4-3. The moment was instantly enhanced by the exasperated call of longtime radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes: “What was Nook Logan thinking? What was he watching? Where was he going?”

2. Natinals
April 17, 2009

Spell check would have certainly come in handy for the Nationals to avoid this disaster, when the front of and ’s jerseys were both missing an “o” and read “Natinals.” They wore these jerseys during the first few innings of an eventual 3-2 loss to the Marlins before someone realized the mistake, for which the uniform company eventually apologized. Darn you, autocorrect.

3. Morgan throws fit to allow inside-the-park homer
May 22, 2010

Man, really thought he had this one. Morgan was playing center field and nearly made a pretty nice leaping catch at the wall to take away extra bases from Adam Jones. But he just barely missed, and then he proceeded to freak out. He fired his glove to the ground in disgust and walked away from the scene -- but there was just one small issue: The ball was still in play. A teammate had to rush over to center field to get the ball and throw it back into the infield as Jones raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer. The Nats ended up defeating the crosstown-rival O's anyway, 7-6.

4. Riggleman walks out
June 23, 2011

The Nationals had won 11 of 12 and had a record better than .500 for the first time in six seasons, so everybody was feeling great right? Wrong. In the middle of that winning streak, interim manager Jim Riggleman resigned abruptly, walking out after a dispute with the team; Washington had not picked up an option that would have kept him as manager for the next season.

“I’m 58. I’m too old to be disrespected,” Riggleman said in an iconic flex. It’s one of the most stunning moments in Nationals history -- it caught everyone by surprise, yet in retrospect, it worked out well for the Nats, who hired Davey Johnson and went to the playoffs next season. Oh, and Washington walked off, 1-0, against the Mariners to give interim manager John McLaren his first win as Nats skipper -- coincidentally, against the team he managed for parts of 2007-08.

5. Clown question, bro
June 13, 2012

stormed into the league as someone never shy to speak his mind. So after the Nationals' 6-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, when a reporter asked him a question about taking advantage of the lower drinking age in Toronto, Harper launched an instant meme.

“I’m not answering that,” Harper said with a pause before the knockout: “That’s a clown question, bro.”

6. Mold-gate
Oct. 10, 2017

When manager Dusty Baker went up to the microphone at news conferences during his tenure in D.C., it was impossible to predict what kind of ride he would take people on each day. So after Game 4 of the 2017 National League Division Series was postponed due to rain, and after he announced (at the time) that Stephen Strasburg would not be starting the must-win game, Baker theorized that several members of the team weren’t feeling great because of the hotel air conditioning and the “mold around Chicago.”

Yeah, seriously. Cubs fans responded in hilarious fashion by wearing masks to next game at Wrigley Field to block out the "mold" -- though the Nationals ultimately got the last laugh, because Strasburg did start the next day and was lights-out. (The Nats won, 5-0.) A little mold couldn’t stop him.