How a Gnome, a Chia Pet, and a Wayward Writer May Have Ended Drew Storen’s Career (feat. Craig Stammen)


Listen to the episode here.

On August 5, 2015, Drew Storen’s ERA was 1.56. Two days later later, he blew a save. At the season’s close, his ERA was an inflated 3.44. What happened on August 5?

Steve and Paul dive deep into their respective histories, remembering the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome craze of August 2014, which resulted in Paul’s 15 minutes of fame in the Washington Post.

The Nationals tried to ride their promotional momentum into 2015, which led Steve to feature Paul in a Flyer News article previewing the Jayson Werth Chia Pet.

And it all came to blows on that fateful August evening when Matt Williams could sniff the end of his time in D.C. As Nationals Park was packed with Chia Pet fans, Steve weasled his way into the press box to cover the game. The Nationals got smoked by Arizona, however, and Steve, flying too close to the journalistic sun, got kicked out of the Nationals clubouse.

Find out how a gnome and a Chia Pet led to a clubhouse removal, possibly two ruined careers, and finally an interview with pitcher Craig Stammen on The Top Step.

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Read the Steve’s live blog of the Chia Pet game here.

Read Paul’s blog of the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome game here.

Read the Washington Post’s coverage of Paul’s patient gnome waiting here.

View Drew Storen’s 2015 game logs here.

Read Steve’s Flyer News story on Craig Stammen here.

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