Nationals Magazine Digest: Postseason 2016

The latest edition of Nationals Magazine is on sale at Nationals Park
The latest edition of Nationals Magazine is on sale at Nationals Park.

The final issue of Nationals Magazine for 2016 featuring the Washington Nationals celebrating a walk-off victory is now on sale at Nationals Park. The latest magazine includes a vibrant series of photographs featuring “Signature Moments” from the 2016 regular season and two short articles written by the radio broadcasters.

Nine “Signature Moments” are featured in the magazine. Fans should definitely pick up a copy of the magazine to relive the moments by checking out the photos and reading the recaps. Video clips celebrating the “Signature Moments” were featured on NatsHD before the previous postseason games.

  1. April 4 – The Pursuit Begins – The section celebrates the success of Harper on Opening Day and the arrival of Daniel Murphy.
  2. April 14 – One Hundred Grand – Bryce Harper hit his 100th career home run in style.
  3. April 24 – The Roller Coaster – I never leave games early because of games like these. Bryce Harper delivered a game saving pinch-hit home run and Chris Heisey delivered a game winning home run in the 16th inning agains the Minnesota Twins.
  4. May 9 – The Accidental Walk-Off – In a game most notable for Harper’s ejection and subsequent outburst against home plate umpire, Brian Knight, Clint Robinson hit a walk-off home run without knowing the inning of his pinch hit appearance.
  5. May 11 – 20th & K – Max Scherzer had, arguably, the most dominant games of his career when he struck out 20 players in a nine inning game. Strikeouts are sexy.
  6. June 15 – 2 Legit 2 Quit – Jayson Werth told his critics that they could kiss his ass after he delivered a walk-off against the Chicago Cubs.
  7. June 30 and July 3 – See You L-8-R – Danny Espinosa won NL Player of the Week honors after an offensive outburst against the CIncinnati Reds. His most notable achievement was hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in both games including two grand slams.
  8. July 29 – Rule of Three – This one took place late at night on the road in San Francisco. Dusty Baker made a triple switch and substituted in Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman and Sammy Solis. The result was the first 3-3-5 triple play in MLB history.
  9. September 9 – The Perfect Ending – Trea Turner could probably be elected Mayor if he wanted to put his baseball career on hold. The two time NL Rookie of the Month belted two home runs including a walk-off home run to center field to top the Philadelphia Phillies.

In “You Never Know,” Dave Jagler writes about how the Nationals can very feasibly have a successful postseason run. Jagler describes how anything can happen in October and that teams with the most elite hitters, starters and bullpens are not guaranteed the Commissioner’s Trophy.

Charlie Slowes echoes a similar sentiment in “Hero Time.” Slowes describes how players like Daniel Murphy, Max Scherzer, Trea Turner can each play a role in a successful postseason run.
The magazine also contains a large (two-page) scorecard which you can use Thursday to score the game.

TOPPS NOW: Trea Turner Caps off 2-HR Game With First Career Walk-Off Blast


Trea Turner's first multi-homer game was capped off with a walk-off home run that cleared the center field wall and traveled 440 feet.
Trea Turner’s first multi-homer game was capped off with a walk-off home run that cleared the center field wall and traveled 440 feet.

Extra innings were seemingly on the horizon when Trea Turner stepped up to the plate with two outs in the ninth. It was a 4-4 game and the momentum seemingly rested with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies, after all, roared back in the eighth inning to tie the game courtesy of a three-run homer from Cameron Rupp that soared over the visitors’ bullpen in left field.

Trea Turner had other plans. With a 1-2 count, Turner connected with a 91 mph fastball that was left over the plate by Frank Herrmann and absolutely crushed a home run to the right of the batter’s eye. Statcast projected Turner’s game-winning home run traveled 440 feet.

The stadium roared and the team ran out of the dugout to greet Turner at home plate. The energy in the stadium was high as they watched the 23-year-old phenom, acquired in a trade from the Padres in 2015, round the bases and get swarmed at the plate.

Turner is the hottest hitter in the Washington Nationals lineup right now. He has a slash line of .345 AVG / .365 OBP / .925 OPS. He also leads the Nationals with 21 stolen bases and is second on the team with six triples in just 52 games.

Turner also flashed some power earlier in the evening in the seventh inning when he cracked his seventh home run of the season into the left field seats. His two-run home run gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead.

His post game interview with Dan Kolko was interrupted by a Gatorade bath courtesy of Anthony Rendon. Turner reluctantly agreed to the soaking telling Rendon, “Only because you’re my favorite player.”

Turner said, during the postgame interview, that with two strikes, he was trying to put the ball in play for Jayson Werth and that he has surprised himself with the power that he has flashed since getting called up to The Show.
Nationals fans can commemorate Turner’s performance and last night’s victory with a limited edition Topps Now rookie card. The latest card will be available online only until Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Moment:

The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies were tied at four runs apiece when Trea Turner came up to face Frank Herrmann with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth. Turner rocketed one to deep straightaway center, clearing the fence for a walk-off home run. It was the second homer of the game for Turner and the first of the walk-off variety for his career.