We're not sure if you've been watching this season of the Nationals so far, but they're pretty good.
(Yes, we're talking about the Washington Nationals, the baseball team).
They currently have one of the best records in baseball, which pretty much everyone attributes to their fierce pitching staff. And -- without a doubt -- the star pitcher is Stephen Stasburg. The 23-year-old right-hander has been dominating this year and the team has won every game he's pitched ... until now.
On Tuesday, Stephen had his worst start of the season, giving up four runs in four innings against the San Diego Padres, who ended up winning the game 6-1. But after the game, word got out that maybe there were mitigating factors in Stephen's performance.
"I can't really tell you what the problem was, but some Hot Stuff got misplaced," Nats Manager Davey Johnson told reporters after the game. For those unfamiliar with it, Davey is referring to "Mueller Hot Stuff Ointment," which is like super-powerful "Bengay" or "Icy Hot."
"It was on his shoulder and evidently -- I don't know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least," Davey said.
Early theories were that the "fire down below" was a prank gone wrong, but now everyone is pretty much of the opinion that a mix of rain and sweat washed some down to where it shouldn't have been.
Understandably, Stephen was a little annoyed that Davey told the press about his, uh, discomfort during the game.
"I'm not one to make excuses," he said in the locker room. "It's just one of those games where you go out there and do your best to overcome the obstacles."
That's a great sentiment and all, Stephen, but seriously ... ouch!
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