Doug Fister stuffs Jayson Werth garden gnome in jersey during rally (video)
The Washington Nationals not only are on a hot streak — winners of seven straight — the team has gone on its recent run by winning some ballgames in spectacular fashion. The Nats have won three consecutive games in walk-off fashion, the most recent being a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 11 innings. The MLB record for most consecutive walk-off wins is five, a remarkable feat accomplished by the Houston Astros in 1986.
On Monday night, a curious sight occurred in the Nationals dugout as the team rallied to tie the game and take a one-run lead in the 8th inning: Pitcher Doug Fister was spotted with a Jayson Werth garden gnome, tucked into his jersey.
The garden gnome was greeted with near-rabid fanfare when the giveaway was distributed to fans earlier this month, and there may be a chance the mere arrival of the kitschy piece of ballpark memorabilia has done something to turn the team’s fortunes. The Nats are 12-5 in the month of August, opening up a six-game lead over the Atlanta Braves.
The pressing question relating to Jayson Werth garden gnome mania is this: Was there a correlation between the appearance of the Werth garden gnome and Washington’s extra-inning, walk-off win on Monday night? It’s hard to say, but one thing is certain: Fister would be well-served to continue stuffing the Werth garden gnome, arguably the chillest garden gnome in garden gnome history, in his jersey until evidence arises that proves it isn’t a good luck charm.
With Werth just getting back in the lineup after sitting out eight of nine games due to a right shoulder injury, his garden gnome doppelganger may be just what the team needs as he works himself back into game shape.
In any event, Long live the Rally Gnome!
[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]