As the Washington Nationals started a new homestand, they played up a fellow DC rivalry. Both the Capitals and Nationals are playing the respective team from Pittsburgh and Monday night the Nats entertainment crew decided to have some fun.
During the seventh inning, the Pirates challenged a close play at second base. Up 3-2, Ryan Zimmerman hit a towering fly ball to the warning track. Shortstop Trea Turner tagged up at first and slid into second.
#Pirates challenge call that Trea Turner is safe at 2B in the 7th; call stands, runner is safe.
— MLB Replay (@MLBReplays) May 1, 2018
After a review, Turner was ultimately ruled safe. Here’s how the Nationals responded.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 1, 2018
The GIF used was from Patric Hornqvist’s controversial no-goal.
Washington Post beat reporter Jorge Castillo poked even more fun at Pittsburgh fans.
Will the city of Pittsburgh ever win a replay review? My latest #longform:
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 1, 2018
This wasn’t even the first time the Nationals used this no-goal image Monday. The Nationals are running a ticket special for lower-level seats for the current Pittsburgh series. Using the code NOGOAL, one can get tickets for $10.57, the time on the clock when the puck did not conclusively cross the goal line.
Get lower-level tickets to watch us #BeatPittsburgh this week for just $10.57!
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 30, 2018
The Nationals also played up the Caps-Pens rivalry in an email marketing campaign promoting ticket sales for the Pirates series.
Nats playing up the fact that both dc teams are facing Pittsburgh teams next week. “Beat the Pirates. Beat the Penguins. Beat Pittsburgh.” pic.twitter.com/4RAmThWkY7
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 28, 2018
While the Capitals are tied with their hated rival, the Nationals, amidst early-season trouble, are already in as much of a must-win situation as you can be in late-April.
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