In August of 2014, when the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome was released, I knew it was going to be a huge success. What I didn’t know was how it change my life I thought it would be a one-time thing since it was a cool gimmick, but it has blown up into an experience and made Nats fans happy, including myself.
The gnome had its ups, like on September 8-9, 2014 and it saw it’s first playoff victory, in person during Game 2 of the 2017 NLDS against the Cubs. It also had its downs (2nd half of 2015, Game 5 loss to the Dodgers in 2016 NLDS), but I wouldn’t change a thing (except getting a pennant at least).
After four and a half (4.5) years, I’m finally hanging up the gnome outfit for good after the last home game on Wednesday. If you’re wondering, yes, it is a self-serving article, but there are 3 most commons questions I get a lot and I’m going to answer them:
- Do you get hot wearing the outfit? Yes
- Where did you get the costume? At Total Party at Ballston Mall, but it is closed.
- When are you going to stop wearing the costume? I’m answering that question now.
If you’re wondering about the timing, I knew last year was Werth’s last year with the Nats and thought about hanging it up then until I realize the following year was the MLB All-Star Game in DC and as being one of the unofficial ambassadors for the Washington Nationals, I have to open up to baseball fans and see what DC is all about. What I didn’t know was DC was going to have an epic summer: Caps winning the Stanley Cup, thus I (I mean, the gnome) touched the Stanley Cup, The Mystics going to the WNBA Finals, Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (sadly, I didn’t go), and as aforementioned, the MLB All-Star Game. Being a DC Sports fan, I wanted to be part of that community that for one summer, I was part of something special.
So what’s next after the gnome? I have an idea to wear, but it will be much more subtle and will debut on Nats Winterfest. I was thinking of wearing a particular costume, but that costume is $150-200, so no fancy costume this time.
Do I wish the Nats could have done better this year? Sure. Personally, the team was unlucky with injuries, players went back to the means of regression, and they did not mesh; but the team fought hard and frankly, why people are disappointed at the Nats is DC could have everything in one year: The All-Star Game and winning the World Series in potentially Bryce Harper’s last year as the proper sendoff, but that did not work out.
Although it did not have an ending I wanted, the gnome has experienced many different games and events and I felt the joy to have and share that experience (you can check it out on my Instagram page.)
Thank you, Real-Life Jayson Werth Garden Gnome for the wildest ride of my life and hopefully, I can find a mannequin head to rest your costume and show it off to my family and friends for generations to come.
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) September 9, 2016