To describe how the season has unfolded for the Washington Nationals as an unmitigated disaster arguably could be an understatement. At 54-60, the Nats find themselves 15.5 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves and currently are riding a four-game losing streak, having lost six of ten ballgames.
It has gotten so bad for the Nationals that manager Davey Johnson even resorted to suicide humor a few weeks back, which rarely is a good sign.
Gio Gonalez, however, is unwilling to wallow in all the bad mojo the team finds itself mired in, and appears open to just about anything to lift the team out of its collective funk. And that apparently includes participating in an animal sacrifices. A rubber animal, a chicken to be specific, but a sacrifice nonetheless.
The rubber chicken sacrifice occurred during a baseball clinic the left-handed pitcher attended on Thursday. Playing the role of witch doctor or high priest or whatever was Hugh Kaufman, whose Twitter account bio asserts that once Nats season rolls around, he morphs and becomes “Rubber ChickenMan.” So, at least Gonzalez was in the care of apparent expert. Which is good.
Some additional photos of the sacrifice:
Good stuff. No word on whether or not the feeling of a having a rubber chicken getting its head cut off as he held it made Gonzalez feel like he was making love to his hand again. Let’s hope not.