How George Costanza helped Nats win Game 2

Ben Krimmel
October 13, 2019 - 1:32 pm
Adam Eaton channeled George Costanza in NLCS Game 2

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The Washington Nationals are two wins away from becoming masters of their domain: the National League. And Saturday they got a little help from the former Assistant to the Traveling Secretary of the New York Yankees. 

Yes, with two on and one out in the 8th inning, Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, who can be a lean, mean pecking machine at the plate, remembered the advice Jerry Seinfeld gave "Lord of the Idiots" George Costanza to help him smack a two-run double down the right-field line: "If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right."

"Everything I was thinking, they did the opposite,” Eaton said after knocking the Cardinals out of the contest. “So I was thinking 3-2 (count) should be a heater here and I’m like, well, that’s the opposite. So I should George Costanza it and just go ahead and said breaking ball, and that’s what happened.”

Nice game, pretty boy!

As a result, Eaton and the Nats have a man hands grip on the NLCS with a 2-0 lead after they double-dipped the chip in St. Louis

But wait, Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza? Well, yes. It isn't as obvious as a red dot on cashmere, but Costanza did at one-time show lots of promise in the batter's box until an affair with a Portuguese waitress and yadda yadda yadda that was the end of that.

Of course, Eaton's big salad of a base hit gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead and some breathing room in Game 2, it is the Nationals starting pitchers who truly have the Kavorka working. 

Aníbal Sánchez and Max Scherzer have left the Cardinals hitters speechless, they are without speech and any runs. The duo has caused significant shrinkage to the odds St. Louis wins the series: Now 14 percent, per FiveThirtyEight.com.

It isn't time to break out the celebratory chocolate babka, just yet. (We aren't gonna put a kibosh on the Nats, no siree Bob.) But it is true the Nationals are just two wins away from a Festivus Season to remember and all they have to do is make the Cardinals cry, cry again.

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