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Nationals unveil t-shirts celebrating team’s chocolate syrup hijinks (pics)

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The Washington Nationals’ chocolate syrup-drenched, post-game hijinks were the talk of Major League Baseball as the team’s winning ways — especially those involving late-game heroics — spawned the sticky celebrations as the team seemingly took control of the National League East.

But things have taken a turn for the worse in D.C., as the Mets have established control of the division and now hold a 1.5-game lead on the Nationals. Despite the bad feelings surrounding the team’s struggles, those in charge of pumping out Nationals gear that gets the fan base excited have done a brilliant job of capturing the greatness aforementioned chocolate syrup-dousing celebrations, only without the stickiness, with some brand-new t-shirts.

The shirts, which are meant to appear that they are drenched in chocolate syrup, come in two versions: Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer (who happened to come up with the celebration).

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The Nationals are seeing the early season struggles the team thought it left behind back in April return, as the squad went 11-13 in July. They have opened August on a 2-4 slide, with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets the past weekend contributing to the team’s overall malaise.

The Mets, meanwhile, played at a 13-12 clip in July, are on a six-game winning streak and have started August red-hot, going 5-0 following some savvy trade deadline moves highlighted by the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes.

But all is not lost. As Jayson Werth argues, the division remains the Nationals to lose. While that might not exactly be the case, perhaps a timely return to some chocolate syrup-soaked shenanigans might get the team’s mojo headed back in the right direction.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog, shirt images courtesy of Scott Allen/The Washington Post]