Green Man and Leg Man at Nats Park
Green Man dancing in Nats Park pre-shorts
Cathy Taylor aka Miss Chatter writes:
Who expected to attend Saturday night's Nats game and get a show more befitting an upstairs stage at the Kennedy Center or a comedy club? Baseball purists scorned while those looking for entertainment soaked it up. Ushers were decidedly split on how to deal with it. Either way, Saturday night was a strange one in Nats Town.
After a nearly one and a half hour beer-consuming rain delay, a group from Massachusetts entertained the small hardy crowd near section 129 who waited out the delay -- one in a lime green full body suit performing what he called "interpretive dance". Further down in the stands behind the Nats dugout, a man beckoned for the bat boy to toss a ball into the prosthetic leg he waved toward the field. By the end of the game, Green Man and Leg Man converged, making photographing them all the easier, if a little creepy.
Leg Man beckoning for a ball
I love rain delays because with the emptier stadium, I usually get my best photos. I just didn't expect them to be taken in the stands this time. Starting rotation anchor John Lannan had given up seven runs in the first two innings, disappointing those who waited out the delay rather than grabbing their Frank Howard bobbleheads and running. Attention to the play on the field started waning, instead turning to the odd sight of the dancing masked green man. Chants of "Green Man! Green Man!" echoed down from the concourse area while someone near me shouted, "sit down, Green Man!" as he twisted and shimmied during every cheering moment and between-inning music.
Green Man danced with one usher. Another told him if he stood again, he'd be ejected from the park. Eventually shorts were procured from somewhere to cover up his midsection. Security led him to the concourse at one point, but allowed him to return to his seat with the understanding he would not put the mask over his face anymore -- considering a masked man a security risk. This understanding was broken when the MASN camera rolled.
Meanwhile, a game still carried on. The Nats started an impressive comeback, tying the game up at one point. Leg Man continued to wave his leg for a ball, eventually getting one tossed to him, though sadly not into the leg. Green Man migrated to the row behind Leg Man and the strange got stranger.
Even team president Stan Kasten and GM Mike Rizzo noticed the shenanigans. What did they think? Both thought it was "a little weird".
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