It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Washington Nationals, but the team is reviving in DC.

A Len Thomas home run in the second inning got the Nationals on the plate against the visiting Chicago Cubs. It also gave the team a chance to launch MLB’s new home celebration.

When Thomas reached the dugout, teammate Alex Cole placed a Colonial wig on the home run hitter’s head and an American flag in his hand.

Then Thomas trotted the bunker up and down, waving the flag in his white curls. It was similar to what a ball player might wear, had baseball been played during the American Revolution.

Citizens have a new celebration on their land

MLB fans were quick to jump in celebration, of course. The Washington Nationals are among the worst teams in baseball going into the week, sitting bottom of the National League East with a 10-17 record.

Thomas Homer pushed Washington into a tie with the Cleveland Guardians for last in the league with 17 home runs of the season. As of Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays currently lead in the majors with 61 homers, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are second with 47 homers and homers.

On-ground celebrations are becoming commonplace across the league these days, as teams try to put their team-centric touch into the practice. The Minnesota Twins’ new party kicked off Sunday, featuring a fishing jacket and pole.

While most celebrations seem to divide the fanbase into “love it” or “hate it” groups, early returns among Washington Nationals fans have been mostly positive.

Baseball fans can’t forget nor forgive the New Era Cap Company – the official supplier of MLB caps on the field – for shutting down the Atlanta Braves’ “Big Hat” celebration because the prop wasn’t a New Era product.

Seeing the celebration of the Washington wig, many fans were curious as to whether Colonial curls would likewise be given the ax by the New Era.

MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen The New Era’s wig division will probably shut this down.

There are 162 regular season games. When the majority of competitions don’t go their way, teams have to find a way to make it fun. Whether or not the Washington Nationals’ new celebration becomes permanent or remains temporary, give them credit for trying.

The Washington Nationals are at the lowest echelon of privilege

Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals celebrates winning with manager Dave Martinez
Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals celebrates winning with manager Dave Martinez

The Nationals lost 107 games last season and are on track to lose 102 in 2023. It was a quick loss for the 2019 World Series champions.

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