The Washington Nationals may only be a month and a half into the season but they are already enjoying the spoils of victory.
The team has developed a postgame celebration that is bizarre even by baseball standards, in which players are attacked with a bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup.
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer explained that the syrup is the perfect thing to celebrate a hard fought victory to ESPN.
"It's just something to top off a good win," Scherzer said. "Chocolate sauce is the perfect topping for ice cream, so might as well top off a game and give that person in the on-the-field camera interview a little something to taste."
ESPN reports the chocolatier took note of the celebration and decided to make sure the team was not for want of the cacao-packed liquid again, shipping it a total of 132 bottles, more than enough to cover the 121 remaining regular season games as well as a run through the postseason.
The Pennsylvania-based chocolate company may get some local blowback, however, for helping the Phillies rivals celebrate victories.
- Brendan Maloy