Nationals drop six straight to Phillies after tweet trolling division rival
The Washington Nationals’ social media team probably should be kicking themselves after a tweet last week that trolled the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies looks pretty bad in hindsight.
On Aug. 25, the Nationals’ official Twitter account issued a dispatch in which it was pointed out how the team has historically fared well against the Phillies, particularly since the start of the 2019 season.
Beating Philadelphia isn't as hard as Philadelphians say it is.#NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/sDhhsCSnAG— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 25, 2020
The tweet was unlikely used as so-called bulletin-board material in the Phillies’ clubhouse, but the timing of it coincided with the Nationals dropping the next six games to their NL East rivals, including Thursday’s 6-5 loss.
https://t.co/mTSDDbon7N#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/cv6Dut2xMd— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 4, 2020
Whether or not a few Phillies fans who were congregating outside Citizens Bank Bark on Thursday night knew about the tweet in question notwithstanding, they surely enjoyed sweeping their rivals out of town. Literally.
#Phillies fans waiting on the #Nationals team buses with brooms following a four-game sweep. pic.twitter.com/bfCuUyjKaQ— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) September 4, 2020
What’s worse for the Nationals, though, is how the team has now dropped nine of its past 10 games, a slide that includes the 0-for-6 run against the Phillies over the past week-plus.
Philly, meanwhile, has gone 9-1 over their past 10 tilts, and the polar-opposite recent runs by both teams has unsurprisingly shown itself in the standings.
The Phillies now sit at 18-15 and only 2.5 games back of the division-leading Atlanta Braves. The Nationals, on the other hand, now reside in the NL East’s cellar with a 12-23 record.
The trolling tweet last week probably didn’t have anything to do with the events of the past week, but the snark certainly leaves the Nats’ social media wisenheimers with egg on their faces.