The Silver Elvis Wig: a brief history
There have been several different explanations for how the Nats came to award a Silver Elvis Wig to their player of the game after wins. One version said it was Adam Dunn's idea, and that Nyjer Morgan then bought the wig at a Halloween store. Another said that the wig was re-purposed from Morgan's most recent Halloween costume. Because I figure this will feature prominently in the book, I went ahead and compiled a brief oral history of the wig. Thank me later.
And bear in mind, that these quotes weren't said in this order. But they were all said.
Nyjer Morgan: I went to this little Halloween jamboree, and basically your boy T. Plush was, you know those fake outfits with the fake muscles, the Superman? I had a Superman outfit on with the fake muscles. And I saw that Silver Fox wig at the surplus store, so basically that's when I put the two together. And from that Halloween party I just kept the hat, brought it with me, and then in spring training when we were packing up to come here, I just left it in the box, had everything shipped up here. And then [I] just happened to pull it out when we were unpacking our stuff.
Adam Dunn: He never surprises me, the stuff he wears to the field or brings to the field.
Morgan: To tell you the truth, it was probably 20 bucks Canadian, 30 bucks Canadian. I was up there, I've got friends and family all over the place. I'm like Austin Powers, internationally known....I was like a grizzled Superman.
Ryan Zimmerman: We saw it in Nyjer's locker, and we were like Nyjer, what the hell is that? He was like, 'I don't know, it's Elvis.'
Josh Willingham: The only thing I remember is one day it showed up in Nyjer Morgan's locker. I just remember after one game early in the year he's like, 'Hey, player of the game, put this on.'
Dunn: It was kind of collaboration of, that's a pretty cool wig, let's do something with it. There were a few of us, I'm not gonna take credit for it.
Morgan: We just all basically came out with a team agreement saying that we were gonna use it for the player of the game, he has to wear the Silver Fox. It was a unanimous decision, team-approved....Normally [MASN's Debbi Taylor] pulls somebody aside for the player of the game.
Dunn: For the most part, it's pretty cut-and-dry who the player of the game is.
Debbi Taylor: I'll tell you what, if there's ever a really tough decision, if I interview someone on the field and the players disagree, I believe that Pudge Rodriguez, the senior veteran guy on the club, can trump anyone else.
Zimmerman: Usually it's obvious. I think if it comes down to a split decision, usually Pudge is the ones who decides things. Because he's obviously been in the league for like 84 years, so he gets to decide.
Pudge Rodriguez: Everybody decides, hey Willy? Everybody does. We all decide.
Wil Nieves: The veterans, they have more say, but everybody decides.
Rodriguez: Nyjer! The Silver President hair, whatever, everybody decides, right?
Morgan: I just said that. See, you're going in circles. It's a community service wig, dog.
Ian Desmond: I was supposed to wear it two days ago and we couldn't locate the Silver Fox. That's why we lost the next day.
Willingham: I've worn it once. It felt great on my head.
Dunn: I don't want to call it an incentive...I'm not gonna lie dude, I want to wear it every night.
Morgan: T. Plush has never worn the Silver Fox yet. I guess I've got to play better, that's all it is.
Zimmerman: I have not gotten it. And secretly, deep down inside, it eats me up.
Morgan: Some people have size 8, and I don't want to go specific on who has a size 8 because I don't like throwing my guys under the bus.
Dunn: Believe it or not, I've got a little head. It's probably tough on people like Livo, who's got a grande cabeza.
Zimmerman: It's just something fun. It's unique to our team, and it gives us a reason to have fun after we win. It's good. It's harmless. We hope nobody thinks anything bad of it. But we don't really care if anyone does, anyway.
Morgan: I think it's gonna build team camaraderie and get the boys going in the right direction.
Willingham: I mean, you play 162 games, and you've got to keep things fun....Winning's all about having fun. So after we win, just spice it up a little bit. With a wig.
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