Did somebody say bromance? Oh, we did.
After six dominant innings on Thursday, Stephen Strasburg found himself at the center of a dugout group hug celebrating a career-best season.
Washington's starting pitcher allowed one earned run and struck out 10 in a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The victory capped the Nationals' first five-game sweep in a series that gave the Nats plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Strasburg eclipsed 250 strikeouts for the first time in his 10-year career and set a career-high 18 wins this season. His teammates made sure this did not go unrecognized.
One teammate at a time, Strasburg found himself cornered by the unstoppable force that is the Nationals' love for each other. The group hug represents a season-long bromance that helped the Nats make the playoffs.
In a season defined by adversity, team chemistry surely kept the Nationals together. No player ever gave up the fight, and it made the difference. Davey Martinez said it himself.
After clinching their Wild Card berth, the Nationals' clubhouse celebration included everyone dancing to Baby Shark, the team's anthem heading into the postseason.
As the regular season winds down, we'll just have to wait and see how far the power of bromance can take the Nationals this postseason.
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