#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Clinchers, homers and a most unlikely theft

Man, I’m stuffed. How about you. That buffet dinner was no match for my Thanksgiving appetite and I’m now fueled for an evening of pre-Black Friday shopping.

Oh, wait, another piece of pumpkin pie? Well, if you insist. Don’t mind if I do. The bargains will still be there when I pull into the Hagerstown Prime Outlets this evening. Hmmm, I wonder if I can get a turkey sandwich in the food court?

If you’re planning on spending this evening in a food coma - and need to rest your fingers for Cyber Monday shopping - we’ve got a full menu of “Nationals Classics” to help occupy your holiday weekend and beyond. Clicking the remote keeps those fingers nimble, shoppers.

How about a couple of division clinchers as an appetizer? I mean, who doesn’t love reliving Clinchmas?

For the main course, it’s homers - a bunch of them in a short timespan. Like, blink and you’ll miss the parade of Nationals round-trippers.

For dessert, an unexpected occurrence from one of the best pitchers on the planet. (Hint: It has nothing to do with his work on the mound.)

So engage your recliner to your desired level of comfort. Make sure the Tums are within reach, just in case that dressing had a little too much sage. And enjoy this feast of “Nationals Classics” on MASN.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m. - When the Nationals dispatched the Braves on Sept. 16, 2014, their 3-0 victory clinched their second National League East championship in three years. No, winning a division title never gets old. Tanner Roark threw seven innings of five-hit ball and Ian Desmond’s two-run homer was the big blow at Turner Field.

Friday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. - If you like homers, you’ll love the seventh inning of the Nationals’ 7-0 rout of the Marlins in Miami from April 19, 2016. The Nats went deep four times in the frame to account for all the scoring in a game when no one remembers Stephen Strasburg’s 10 strikeouts. Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos had solo shots before Bryce Harper’s grand slam, which was followed by a Ryan Zimmerman blast.

Monday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. - This July 18, 2017 interleague battle between the Nats and Angels in Anaheim, Calif., pitted two of the top young stars in the game, Harper and Mike Trout. Harper went 4-for-4, outdueling Trout in a 4-3 Washington win.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. - We promised you clinchers, as in plural, so you can pour a coffee and sit down with your bowl of breakfast cereal for this Sept. 24, 2016 contest, a 6-1 win over the homestanding Pirates that cinched the Nats’ third NL East crown in five seasons. Harper and Stephen Drew drove in two runs each, and Reynaldo L√≥pez threw 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m. - We’ve come to expect strong pitching when Max Scherzer is on the mound, and he delivered his typical effort in a 2-0 win over the Braves on April 9, 2018. Scherzer two-hit the Braves and struck out 10. But the real fun came in the seventh, when Scherzer led off with a single off Peter Moylan, then stole second, the first swipe of his 11-year career.

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