Middle Finger to be Seamlessly Integrated into Nationals’ Batting Signs for 2017
VIERA, FL (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) A lot was expected of the Washington Nationals this season, but they came up short in 2016 after losing the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’re the odds on favorite to win the NL East again in 2017 and go deep into the post season. So, the idea of mixing things up in what appears to be a template for winning, might seem ill advised. However, that’s exactly what they’ll try out in spring training next February. Manager Dusty Baker has asked his coaches to employ the middle finger to his series of signs this season, and the staff said yes.
“Flipping someone off has long been my thing.” said Third Base Coach, Bob Henley. “So when Dusty asked me to add it, I couldn’t wait.”
Some of the Nationals players initially took offense to the idea of using sign, but most have accepted it. Now, several opposing teams are saying they’ll take the sign personally.
“Batting signal my ass.” said New York Mets manager, Terry Collins. “That’s just Dusty being Dusty. What’s next…pointing to his dick?”
Other teams have considered mixing in unusual gestures to their batting signs, including the Oakland A’s who have begun fondling a cucumber.