It’s pretty safe to say that the Washington Nationals are now looking squarely towards 2019. While they did keep Bryce Harper, the Nats dealt both Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams on Tuesday.
The #Nats have traded Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and Matt Adams to the Cardinals.
President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo will address the media momentarily.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 21, 2018
This essentially put an end to any delusion that the 2018 postseason was still possible.
Twitter certainly showed up to have fun with the news, with a handful of jokes centered around the same topic.
The Nationals made it past the non-waiver trade deadline, but didn't make it beyond the revocable waiver deadline.
So congrats to the Nats for making it out of a first round for the first time in history.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 21, 2018
Well, I guess the good news is the Nationals won't be losing Game 5 of the Division Series.
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) August 21, 2018
The best way to avoid losing Game 5 of the NLDS is to never get there at all. Well played, @Nationals
— Brian Wright (@BrianWright86) August 21, 2018
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) August 21, 2018
Of course, plenty of other Tweeters had other comments to make.
— StevenM (@mobster84) August 21, 2018
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) August 21, 2018
Let me be the first to thank the @Nationals for participating in the NL East for the last few years. Pick up your commemorative: "We still have the Presidents race" t-shirts on your way out of the SWAMP #FireSale
— President-Elect Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) August 21, 2018
Based on what has happened to the #Nationals this season, Dusty Baker should be the 2018 NL Manager of the Year.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 21, 2018
Nationals had the prime years of Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy.
Never made a NLCS.
You just hate to see that. pic.twitter.com/bwu0m6fYNp
— Andrew Claudio (@AndrewJClaudio) August 21, 2018
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) August 21, 2018
With all of this in mind, it’s safe to say that the Nats and their fans will not be looking back at 2018 as a season to remember.