Erick Fedde gets mauled by a praying mantis

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 08, 2018 - 7:05 am

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Erick Fedde has had a rather rough season. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts this year, and is currently stuck on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

However, on Tuesday night Fedde discovered the insect kingdom has his back...and his arm. 

During the performance of the national anthem before Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves, a praying mantis landed on Fedde's left hand.

The mantis began crawling up Fedde's arm and back before eventually sitting down near his right shoulder, the same shoulder that landed Fedde on the DL. Offering its thoughts and prayers for Fedde's injury, perhaps?

Nats fans have desperately been looking for a sign that this season will turn around, and there is historical precedent for a praying mantis bringing baseball success. 

Two years ago, the Kansas City Royals were buoyed by a pair of "rally mantises." The insects helped the Royals go on a 17-7 run and stay in contention for a AL Wild Card spot.

It should be noted, however, the Royals failed to make the playoffs that year.

There was no mantis magic for the Nats on Tuesday night, Washington losing the nightcap in demoralizing fashion. But at the very least, Fedde made a new friend.

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