The Washington Nationals are a fairly young team, only being in existence since 2005 when they moved to the city and changed their name from the Expos. Turns out there aren’t a ton of celebrities who followed the team from Montreal! In fact it’s become something of a meme with how quickly fans are jumping on the bandwagon, with this viral video circulating of a guy saying he’s been a fan of the Nats “since today.” Yet beyond the large amounts of D.C. Beltway fans that follow this team, there are a few celebrities like Bill Nye and Jon Bernthal who will for sure be singing along with “Baby Shark” when Gerardo Parra comes to the plate against the Houston Astros in the World Series.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” grew up a Washington Senators fan back when he was a kid, and as he’s moved around, he’s thrown his support behind the LA Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners. But he was immediately drawn back into the team when they moved back to D.C. in 2005. Since then he played in a charity softball game during MLB’s All-Star week while sporting the Nationals logo.
“Ford v. Ferrari” actor Jon Bernthal was born in Washington D.C. and has done little but tweet about the Nats in the last week or so, showing his support during their so far dominant playoff run.
Mitch McConnell has been a senator almost as long as the Washington Nationals have been a team. And in that time, he’s recommended that the Nats trade former closer Jonathan Papelbon, predicted Stephen Strasburg would win the 2016 Cy Young (it went to fellow Nationals ace Max Scherzer) and this year said he’d rather watch baseball than the democratic primary debates.
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell rarely agreed on much, but they do share a love for their D.C. baseball club, with Reid even pleading at the start of the season that the team’s former MVP Bryce Harper might one day come back to the team.
The late political commentator Charles Krauthammer was a massive devotee of the Nationals and would on occasion dedicate his column inches to writing about the team. When he passed away in 2018, the team honored his memory by calling him “one of baseball’s greatest fans.”
George Will famously roots for the Chicago Cubs, as he’s written a book about the team, but he has a love of the Nats too and made the team American history flashcards back in 2012.
Over the weekend, the “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd closed out his Sunday show by saying “Houston, you have a problem,” as he awaits the Astros coming to town.
Paul F. Tompkins
Here’s a newcomer to the bandwagon. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins couldn’t believe he was writing it as the Nationals swept the Cardinals to make the World Series. “Forgive me, I’ve never said these words out loud before, so I hope I’m pronouncing this correctly,” he wrote on Twitter. “Go… Nats?”