Plenty of fireworks
There were plenty of fireworks in this game, and not many of them actually happened during game action.
Alex Bregman got it all started when he hit a first inning home run and carried his bat all the way to first base. That took a lot of people by surprise, including his first base coach, and seemingly rubbed a lot of the Nationals players the wrong way.
Juan Soto responded in the fifth inning when he hit a solo home run and carried his bat all the way to first base, dropping it off at the feet of the first base coach.
This was a really fun moment in the game, especially for Nationals fans, to see Soto respond to the arrogance of Bregman. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this episode.
Had home plate umpire Sam Holbrook not made that call, which was questionable, to say the least, the Nationals would have had runners on second and third with no outs.
We had about a 10 minute delay as the umpires reviewed or talked about the rule — it’s still unclear what they were doing on the headsets for so long.
And then the Nationals tried to put the game under protest but were told they couldn’t.
Nationals fans now understand the frustration from Atlanta Braves fans with Sam Holbrook as he made another very questionable, potential game-changing call, in the postseason.
Luckily, it didn’t affect the outcome and the Nationals still won.