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Game 145 Open Thread: Nationals at Phillies

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I'd almost rather the Phillies play another series against the Mets.

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Ugh. The Nationals.

Watching them fail has been a singular joy. I cannot get enough stories about how this playoff-caliber lineup has played itself into a .500 record (or barely above). Or, more accurately, how Matt Williams has managed this playoff-caliber lineup into a .500 record. Give me all of your Matt Williams thinkpieces! I will read every single one!

But that's enough of me delighting in the downfall of a hubris-laden rival. There will be more than enough time for that once the season ends and the Nationals aren't in the playoffs. Now it's time for today's Sesame Street clip.

Yes, that's Old MacDonald (as in "Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-ooooo"), your rock expert, hosting a music show featuring the latest and greatest in barnyard videos. The show is called MacTV. I have SO MANY questions, but I'll limit myself to just one: why is Old MacDonald Scottish? The video that Inexplicably Scottish Old MacDonald is introducing is "A New Way to Walk" by the Oinker Sisters. Sadly, it's not about a new way to draw a walk in a baseball game, or even an actual new way to walk somewhere. (Though I'm imagining this mashed up with the Ministry of Silly Walks and it's SUBLIME.) It teaches kids about pedestrian signals while creeping them out with voices that seem too high to actually come out of those pigs. Despite the creepiness of the too-high pig voice, I really love the puppet choreography. The Oinker Sisters don't just stand there and bop up and down. They dip and slide and lean side-to-side. Their commitment to the details is extraordinary! Not only do they have a Scottish Old MacDonald hosting a show specifically about barnyard music videos, and not only is the featured music video a send-up of the Pointer Sisters, those pig puppets are DANCING! Sesame Street, I doff my hat to you.

Lineup!

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Anthony Rendon - 2B Odubel Herrera - CF
Yunel Escobar - 3B Freddy Galvis - SS
Bryce Harper - RF Brian Bogusevic - RF
Jayson Werth - LF Aaron Altherr - LF
Clint Robinson - 1B Ryan Howard - 1B
Ian Desmond - SS Darnell Sweeney - 2B
Wilson Ramos - C Cody Asche - 3B
Michael Taylor - CF Cameron Rupp - C
Jordan Zimmermann - RHP Aaron Nola - RHP

I COULD talk about Jonathan Papelbon returning to CBP for the first time since his extremely fortunate trade. But I'd rather mention that the Nationals are 9.5 games back in the NL East. 9.5 games behind the METS. THE METS. I will never get tired of thinking about that. What a horrible smelly garbage fire this division is. And the Phillies could be king of that flaming garbage mountain. Keep pushing for the top, Phillies! You can do it!

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