Nationals bring actual camels to spring training for 'Hump Day'

Big League Stew

The Washington Nationals, taking a page out of Joe Maddon’s playbook, gave us a spring training accessory you don’t see every day — camels. Yes, actual camels.

Why? Because Wednesday is “Hump Day,” of course. And because new Nats manager Dave Martinez is taking this “get over the hump” stuff quite literally.

Scroll to continue with content

[Batter up: Join a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league for free today]

Martinez must have learned a few things from his days as Maddon’s No. 2 with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays because there’s no baseball-reason for this:

And, yes, there’s a deeper meaning beyond just imitating a Geico commercial. The Nats have never won a postseason series and have a World Series-caliber team. It’s Martinez’s job as Washington’s new manager to get them over the proverbial hump.

As he told reporters Wednesday, that’s exactly why he chose camels: “I want it out there,” he said. “For me, as I thought about it, the hump is every day.”

Every day? The Nats are gonna need more camels.


More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

– – – – – –

Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter!

What to Read Next