Goodbye, Gnome!

Written by Tracy

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:

  1. Do you get hot wearing the outfit? Yes
  2. Where did you get the costume? At Total Party at Ballston Mall, but it is closed.
  3. 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.

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