A public viewing was held at Nationals Park on Sunday for one of the worst professional team failures in D.C. sports in a generation. It began as the baseball version of a wake for a disastrous season. Then, to prove the Washington Nationals could make a total team collapse even worse, the wake turned into an earthquake: Jonathan Papelbon started a dugout fight with Bryce Harper.
Less than 24 hours after being eliminated by the New York Mets in the National League East, the Nats ensured there will always be photos — and GIFs galore — to eliminate any dignity they might have hoped to keep.
As preseason World Series favorites who now won’t even make the playoffs, they have been cut some slack for injuries, a shattered bullpen and novice managing. But for four consecutive years, they also have been accused of choking, sometimes by other teams, after each season ended in tatters.
Check out the video below to see what happen: